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Randy Brecker Quintet: Live at Sweet Basil 1988

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Randy Brecker Quintet
Live at Sweet Basil 1988
MVDvisual
2018

Culled from direct-to-two-track digital recordings made on three of Randy Brecker's potent six-night 1988 run at New York City's Sweet Basil, and featuring a particularly top-drawer quintet of musical friends old and new, the original 1989 LP/CD release of Live at Sweet ...

Anat Cohen: Happy Song

Read "Happy Song" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il 2017 è stato un anno superlativo per Anat Cohen. Nuovamente eletta migliore clarinettista nei referendum di critica e di pubblico di Down Beat, ha pubblicato due splendidi album di musica brasiliana (Rosa dos Ventos e Outra Coisa rispettivamente col Trio Brasileiro e con Marcello Gonçalves) e ha chiuso l'anno con il debutto di questo tentet ...

John Macleod: The Toronto Sound

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Yes, this is Canada's John MacLeod and the Rex Hotel Orchestra. And yes, this is the ensemble's third CD, The Toronto Sound. But close your eyes and listen carefully and it modulates into no less than an earnest albeit clandestine homage to Rob McConnell and the peerless Boss Brass. Is that a good thing? Beyond any ...

Bob Washut Dodectet: Journey to Knowhere

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Even as experience is often the best teacher, so it is that the teacher often has the most useful experience. Bob Washut, who has been a teacher for roughly four decades, brings that experience and more to bear on Journey to Knowhere, preparing an ambrosial banquet for his twelve-member Dodectet whose main course consists of seven ...

Dan Pugach: Plus One

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On this debut CD, drummer Dan Pugach shows himself to be a composer and arranger who has mastered the art of making a group sound much bigger than it is. His nonet plays intricate and soulful jazz with the punch of a much bigger band.

Pugach is very good at using brawny up-tempo rhythms. ...

Jim McNeely / Frankfurt Radio Big Band: Barefoot Dances and Other Visions

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Barefoot Dances and Other Visions is a contemporary seven-part suite written by composer/arranger Jim McNeely in 2014 for the Frankfurt Radio Big Band, with whom he has worked since 2008. “I tailored my musical visions," he writes, “to fit each player in the ensemble, and placed each soloist in a framework both familiar and challenging." Challenging ...

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Bob Brookmeyer Celebration at New England Conservatory

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NEC Jazz Orchestra
Jordan Hall
Bob Brookmeyer Celebration
Boston, MA
March 1, 2018

All of the composer-arrangers featured at the Bob Brookmeyer Celebration concert had been mentored, to some degree or other, by Bob Brookmeyer. Listening to what each of his former students said during the program and ...

Brian Landrus: Generations

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«Se qualcuno ti dice che non puoi fare qualcosa, sai proprio che stai facendo qualcosa di speciale». Queste parole di Bob Brookmeyer hanno sostenuto Brian Landrus nella stesura di quest'ambizioso progetto orchestrale, che ha confermato le parole del grande trombonista e arrangiatore, ricevendo generali consensi.

Tutto è iniziato nell'estate del 2014 quando Landrus ...

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Boston Celebration: The Legacy of Bob Brookmeyer

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Bob Brookmeyer: A Celebration
Jordan Hall
Boston, MA
March 1, 2018

The on-going celebration of New England Conservatory's 150th anniversary brought well deserved attention to the Jazz Studies and Contemporary Improvisation departments for the 2017-2018 performance season. On March 1st, at Jordan Hall, NEC presented a very special tribute ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jihye Lee: April

Read "April" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Quando s'iscrisse al Berklee College of Music, Jihye Lee aveva una scarsa conoscenza del jazz e nessuna intenzione di arrivare a essere orchestratrice e band-leader. Era un cantante pop coreana agli esordi e voleva espandere i suoi orizzonti musicali. Dopo circa un decennio Jihye presenta questo significativo debutto: una raffinata suite, scritta per un ampio organico ...