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Ezra Weiss Big Band: We Limit Not The Truth of God

Read "We Limit Not The Truth of God" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Composer / arranger Ezra Weiss's debut big-band recording, We Limit Not the Truth of God, is actually a suite written for his two young children to help them understand and embrace the often confusing and chaotic world in which we live. It is thus entirely appropriate that the album was recorded (with an audience) in a ...

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Hailey Niswanger: PDX Soul

Read "PDX Soul" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Saxophonist Hailey Niswanger's third release is a stylistic departure from her previous bop based two. Dedicated to versatile Portland based keyboardist Janice Scroggins, who passed away shortly after the recording, the engaging PDX Soul primarily channels an old school funk energy and a retro R&B charm. Scroggins and her rhythm section lay down an electrified backdrop ...

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Stan Bock Ensemble: Your Check's In The Mail

Read "Your Check's In The Mail" reviewed by Edward Blanco

While not a household name in the jazz world, composer/arranger and trombonist Stan Bock has an extensive musical background. He hails from a family of musicians and has two previous recordings to his credit, Of Fathers and Sons (1999) and Night Grooves (2003), both on OA2. Marking his third outing as a leader, Your Check Is ...

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The Stan Bock Ensemble: Night Grooves

Read "Night Grooves" reviewed by J. Robert Bragonier

Trombonist Stan Bock grew up with the music of horn bands like Blood, Sweat and Tears, Chicago, and the Motown groups. Although exposed early to classic jazz, swing, and the big bands by his music teacher father, he gravitated away from his early heroes (Tommy Dorsey and Urbie Green) and towards Wayne Henderson (Jazz Crusaders), Fred ...