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Mats Holmquist: Together

Read "Together" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo la limitata collaborazione del 2017 in Big Band Minimalism il trombettista Randy Brecker e l'arrangiatore svedese Mats Holmquist realizzano un nuovo disco orchestrale passando dalla big band della radio lettone a una delle migliori big band europee, la finlandese Umo Jazz Orchestra. Il disco non è solo un alto esempio di mainstream ...

Together

Label: MAMA Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: One Million Circumstances; Summer and Winter; Never Let Me Go; Windows; All My Things; Crystal Silence; My Stella; Humpty Dumpty; Always Young.

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Randy Brecker & Mats Holmquist with the UMO Jazz Orchestra: Together

Read "Together" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Here's a productive cross-border alliance if ever there was one: American trumpeter Randy Brecker, Swedish composer / arranger Mats Holmquist and Finland's superb UMO Jazz Orchestra, Together for the first time in a recording studio. The versatile Brecker is the featured soloist throughout, while Holmquist wrote five of the album's engaging songs and arranged all of ...

A Tribute to Herbie +1

Label: MAMA Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Cantaloupe Island; Chameleon; Dolphin Dance; Eye of the Hurricane; Stevie R; Maiden Voyage; Jessica; Watermelon Man; Toys.

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Dick Oatts / Mats Holmquist New York Jazz Orchestra: A Tribute to Herbie +1

Read "A Tribute to Herbie +1" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo i tributi a Chick Corea e Wayne Shorter, l'orchestratore svedese Mats Holmquist rivolge la sua attenzione alle composizioni di Herbie Hancock, realizzando un album in collaborazione col sassofonista Dick Oatts che è principale solista nonchè co-leader. L'incisione è dell'11 giugno 2014 ma l'idea risale all'anno precedente, con la scelta di un appropriato ensemble ...

Dick Oatts / Mats Holmquist New York Jazz Orchestra: A Tribute to Herbie +1

Read "A Tribute to Herbie +1" reviewed by Jack Bowers

A Tribute to Herbie +1 is Swedish-born composer / arranger Mats Holmquist's third “tribute" album, following well-received salutes to Chick Corea (2003) and Wayne Shorter (2012). For his encomium to pianist / composer Herbie Hancock, Holmquist called upon two of New York City's most respected sidemen, alto saxophonist Dick Oatts and trombonist John Mosca, known and ...

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Dave Liebman Big Band: A Tribute to Wayne Shorter

Read "A Tribute to Wayne Shorter" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In a career spanning almost half a century, soprano saxophonist Dave Liebman has appeared on more than five hundred recordings including seventy as leader of various groups. His latest, A Tribute to Wayne Shorter by the Dave Liebman Big Band, may well be the best one yet. Why? Because every single component, from choice of material ...

A Tribute to Chick Corea

Label: Caprice Records
Released: 2004
Track listing: Windows; Humpty

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The Mats Holmquist Big Bad Band: A Tribute to Chick Corea

Read "A Tribute to Chick Corea" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Chick Corea has been one of the jazz world’s most prolific and influential composers for more than three decades, and the best one can say about this impressive salute by Mats Holmquist’s Stockholm-based Big Bad Band is that his music has seldom sounded more enchanting. I don’t know if Corea has heard this, but if he ...


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