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Vance Thompson's Five Plus Six: Such Sweet Thunder

Read "Such Sweet Thunder" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La ricca didattica orchestrale delle università statunitensi continua a dare i suoi frutti, facendo nascere organici che non hanno molto da invidiare alle formazioni più celebrate. Questo riguarda in particolare il perfezionismo del collettivo, la flessibilità delle sue dinamiche, la tensione ritmica e l'opulenza timbrica. Il tutto entro orchestrazioni variopinte, capaci di padroneggiare un'ampia gamma espressiva ...

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Vance Thompson's Five Plus Six: Such Sweet Thunder

Read "Such Sweet Thunder" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Knoxville-based Trumpeter, arranger and band leader Vance Thompson formed The Marble City Five quintet over a year ago and when thinking about recording their first album, decided to augment the band by adding a six-piece horn section comprised of some of the city's younger rising talent. The resulting new Knoxville, TN-based group is now known as ...

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Vance Thompson's Five Plus Six: Such Sweet Thunder

Read "Such Sweet Thunder" reviewed by Jack Bowers

For the mathematically challenged, Vance Thompson's Five Plus Six equals eleven. In other words, it's Thompson's working quintet, the Marble City Five, amplified by half a dozen horns. On its debut recording, the Knoxville, TN-based ensemble performs music by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Thelonious Monk and--brace yourself--country singer Dolly Parton. In fact, Parton's “Little Sparrow," the ...

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David Berger Jazz Orchestra: Colorizing the Classics: David Berger's Tribute to Harry Warren

Read "Colorizing the Classics: David Berger's Tribute to Harry Warren" reviewed by Tom Greenland

Arranger/recomposer David Berger's music is likely to prompt mixed reactions for its mixing of traditional values with creative originality, somewhat akin to Ted Turner's colorizing of classic black and white films. Colorizing the Classics is a big-band follow-up to I Had the Craziest Dream (Such Sweet Thunder, 2008), an octet outing also championing the works of ...

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David Berger Octet: I Had the Craziest Dream

Read "David Berger Octet: I Had the Craziest Dream" reviewed by Jack Bowers

David Berger Octet
I Had the Craziest Dream
Such Sweet Thunder
2008



Composer / arranger / scholar / historian / educator David Berger, who uses groups of various sizes to adorn his musical framework, has chosen an octet to record I Had the Craziest Dream, subtitled The Music ...

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David Berger Octet featuring Harry Allen and Joe Temperley: I Had The Craziest Dream: The Music of Harry Warren

Read "I Had The Craziest Dream: The Music of Harry Warren" reviewed by Michael Steinman

David Berger's credentials are wide-ranging and impeccable: transcribing 500 Ellington recordings, leading the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, teaching at the Manhattan School of Music and Juilliard. I Had the Craziest Dream is precise, hot and lively, honoring Harry Warren, a deserving 20th-century popular composer less well known than Berlin, Gershwin, or Porter. In addition to the ...

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Champian Fulton with David Berger & The Sultans of Swing: Champian

Read "Champian" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

L'incontro al Birdland di New York fra David Berger e Champian Fulton ha dato luogo ad una collaborazione riuscita, che riconcilia con lo swing ed il suono delle big band. L'azzeccata scelta dei brani e degli arrangiamentti e la perfetta coordinazione della Fultan e dell'orchestra di David Berger ha permesso la riuscita di un album che ci riporta indietro nel ...

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Champian Fulton: Champian

Read "Champian" reviewed by George Kanzler

Nobody does Duke-style big band music better than David Berger's Sultans of Swing, so just hearing this big band so attuned to swing with such Ellington-ian touches as muted lead and solo brass voices, and weaving saxophones and clarinets is a joy. That the arrangements all feature singer Champian Fulton is not always such a plus. ...

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Champian Fulton: Champian

Read "Champian" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Anyone who wants to know what old-time swing and big band music is all about--or, for that matter, longs to revisit it--must check out Champian, which features vocalist Champian Fulton with David Berger & The Sultans of Swing. Furthermore, anyone who wants a definition of adult sensuality and sexiness, as relayed in the words of a ...

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David Berger and the Sultans of Swing: The Harlem Nutcracker

Read "The Harlem Nutcracker" reviewed by Budd Kopman

It is that time of year again, and David Berger's adaptation and extension of Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn's Harlem Nutcracker suite is one swinging way to enjoy music of this season.

This release is a reissue of the original. The short story is that Berger, an expert on Ellington and a top notch transcriber, ...