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John Hollenbeck & Jazz Bigband Graz: Joys & Desires

Read "Joys & Desires" reviewed by John Kelman

Only days into the new year, and there's already a strong contender for 2006 “best of lists. That it comes from John Hollenbeck--a drummer who, in recent years, has emerged as one of the most distinctive composers in and out of jazz--is no surprise. After all, last year's--A Blessing (OmniTone), with his Large Ensemble, and Semi-Formal ...

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John Hollenbeck & Jazz Bigband Graz: Joys & Desires

Read "Joys & Desires" reviewed by Chris May

Because of their sheer physical bulk and lethal defensive firepower, big bands have remained fundamentally immune to the jazz revolutions of the last sixty years. Bop, hard bop, cool, free, fusion, funked up, rocked out, astral, groove, and ecstatic... all the major reinventions have been created by smaller lineups. (Miles Davis's Birth Of The Cool band ...