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Maria Baptist: Music for Jazz Orchestra

Read "Maria Baptist: Music for Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Like it or not, a new wave of young composer / arrangers has surfaced, scrupulously guiding big bands into heretofore uncharted waters, now and then smooth, at other times choppy, but always intriguing and inspired. Maria Schneider, George Gruntz, Jim McNeely and Carla Bley were among the pacesetters, followed in short order by such (relative) newcomers ...

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Tom Goehring: A Reflected Journey

Read "A Reflected Journey" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A Reflected Journey is a quintet date, but it doesn't have a quintet date feel about it. The man of the hour--trumpeter Tom Goehring--doubles on flugelhorn, and his front line partner, the ever engaging and well-rounded Roger Rosenberg, covers baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone and bass clarinet. With all of those horns in the picture, and a ...

George Stone / Fred Hess Big Band / Jamie Begian Big Band

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George Stone

The Real Deal

Self Published

2010

Every once in a while the stars align, the wheel of fortune spins precisely and listeners are the happy recipients of a big band album that is remarkably engaging and spectacular from start to finish; in other words, The Real Deal. This ...

Take Five With Mike Rood

Read "Take Five With Mike Rood" reviewed by Mike Rood

Meet Mike Rood:

Born into a musical family, Mike has always been immersed in music. He has been playing guitar since he was seven, and his early influences include Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. Mike also studied classical piano for 13 years, performing in dozens of recitals and competitions. He won the Nicolas Flagello ...

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Jamie Begian Big Band: Big Fat Grin

Read "Big Fat Grin" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il chitarrista Jamie Begian ha fondato questa big band nel 1998 e dopo dodici anni e mille difficoltà arriva alla sua seconda prova discografica. Un segnale ben preciso che l'arte della big band non è più allineata con i tempi ed il mercato discografico moderni. Eppure Begian ha fatto le cose nel modo giusto: ha raccolto una ventina di ...

Jamie Begian Big Band: Big Fat Grin

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Jamie Begian Big Band

Big Fat Grin

Innova Records

2010



If the music on Jamie Begian's Big Fat Grin were any bigger and fatter, the grin would challenge that of Lewis Carroll's Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland. No, not the cat that appears in Tim Burton's film, because that image ...

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The Jamie Begian Big Band: Trance

Read "Trance" reviewed by Jack Bowers

I was introduced to Jamie Begian -- and to Begian’s New York-based big band -- last month during the 30th annual conference of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) in Toronto. Jamie also handed me a copy of his first album, Trance, which I must say is more impressive than I found the band to ...