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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra at the Lilypad

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Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra
The Lilypad
Cambridge, MA
November 12, 2018

As a protégé of legendary trombonist/arranger/composer Bob Brookmeyer at New England Conservatory in Boston, Ayn Inserto was part of a very special tribute last March when she treated the audience to a pre-release performance of the title composition from her ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Marshall Gilkes / WDR Big Band: Always Forward

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This is the second album on which Maryland-born trombonist Marshall Gilkes (pronounced “Jilks") has collaborated with Germany's superlative WDR Big Band, a world-class ensemble with whom he has also served as a member of the trombone section. This time around, Gilkes not only gets to solo but to conduct, compose (eight numbers including the three-part “Denali ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jim McNeely: Barefoot Dances and Other Visions

Read "Barefoot Dances and Other Visions" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

When today's top composer-arrangers of large ensemble jazz are discussed, Jim McNeely's name sometimes gets overlooked. He deserves the recognition. He's been a long- time associate of the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra and its descendant, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and he's also done a lot of work with several European big bands. It could be ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

George Gershwin, Frank Foster & Late September New Releases

Read "George Gershwin, Frank Foster & Late September New Releases" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Birthday shout-outs to George Gershwin (with a nod to Ann Ronnell and Kay Swift, women writers that he encouraged) and saxophonist/arranger Frank Foster, along with new releases to round out the month of September.

Playlist Lou Caputo “Busy Busy Busy" from Uh Oh! (Self-released) 00:00 Danny Bacher “Joy Spring" from Still Happy! (Whaling ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Alan Broadbent: Intimate Reflections on a Passion for Jazz

Read "Alan Broadbent: Intimate Reflections on a Passion for Jazz" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Pianist, composer, and arranger Alan Broadbent doesn't just “dig" jazz. He has a deep and enduring passion for it. Growing up in mid- 20th-century New Zealand, he quickly went beyond piano lessons to reading musical scores and learning jazz standards. Then, when the Dave Brubeck Quartet came to his relatively isolated hometown of Auckland, his love ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mark Masters Ensemble: Our Metier

Read "Our Metier" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Mark Masters, an extraordinarily talented and perhaps undersung arranger of large ensembles jazz, has spent a good deal of artistic energy on crafting recordings that explore other people's compositions. His Capri Records output includes The Clifford Brown Project (2003), celebrating the sounds of the too-soon-gone trumpet legend; Porgy and Bess (2005), from the George Gershwin songbook; ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 2-4

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Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball"
Four Points by Sheraton at LAX
Los Angeles, CA
May 23-27, 2018

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Concert 4: Keen and Peachy: Music of the Woody Herman Second Herd -Directed by Michael Berkowitz ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble: Atwood Suites

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Andrew Rathbun is a Canadian saxophonist who has made a major musical statement here with this collection of suites, two of which are based on the poetry of author Margaret Atwood. Rathbun's writing shows the influence of another Canadian, Kenny Wheeler, in its lush sonority, the frequent gorgeous flugelhorn solos by Tim Hagans and the role ...

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 ...