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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: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bob Mintzer Big Band: Get Up!

Read "Get Up!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even after more than three decades as a big-band leader, and with twenty well-received albums under his belt, Grammy winner Bob Mintzer keeps pushing the envelope, tweaking his recipe and exploring new ways in which to challenge himself and his sidemen while seducing the listener's ear. Known among other things for his fondness for Latin music, ...

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Bob Mintzer Big Band: Get Up!

Read "Get Up!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Funk and R&B are the dominant sonic strains on Get Up!--saxophonist-composer Bob Mintzer's twentieth big band release overall and his fifth for the MCG Jazz imprint. In October of 2014, Mintzer took to the stage for two nights at Pittsburgh's Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, armed with some of his grooving big band arrangements and ...

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Bob Mintzer Big Band: For The Moment

Read "For The Moment" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Musicians can consider themselves lucky if they find success in one particular area, but there are a select few that seem to flourish in every music-related environment that they encounter. Bob Mintzer is part of this elite list; his versatility is his greatest virtue but, while he's a world class saxophonist and educator, his legacy will ...

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Bob Mintzer Big Band: Swing Out

Read "Swing Out" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

The Manchester Crafsmen's Guild is both an institution that preserves, presents and promotes jazz, and an organization that produces a long-running, Grammy-winning series known as MCG Jazz. One favorite son of this label is Bob Mintzer, who is also a member of the Heads Up group, the Yellowjackets.Mintzer is a versatile artist who plays ...

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Bob Mintzer Big Band: Old School: New Lessons

Read "Old School: New Lessons" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Arranger and saxophonist Bob Mintzer has been nominated for thirteen Grammy awards, not only for his solo work and big band recordings, but also for his efforts with the Yellowjackets quartet, and Old School, New Lessons clearly shows why. The music is original, exciting, energetic and captivating. After a 23-year, twelve-album association with Digital Music Products, ...

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Bob Mintzer Big Band: Old School: New Lessons

Read "Old School: New Lessons" reviewed by John Kelman

He may be best known these days as one quarter of the contemporary jazz group Yellowjackets' best lineup in 25 years, but woodwind multi-instrumentalist Bob Mintzer first cut his teeth in the big bands of Buddy Rich and Mel Lewis, along with the late bassist Jaco Pastorius' groundbreaking Word of Mouth Big Band. And so, while ...

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Bob Mintzer Big Band: Old School: New Lessons

Read "Old School: New Lessons" reviewed by Jim Santella

Tackling tradition and applying innovation has long been a hallmark of Bob Mintzer's career. He's paid his dues, both in old school circles and in the realm of contemporary jazz. As evidenced through his big band's 2004 and '05 appearances in Pittsburgh, new lessons continue to bring joy to both creator and audience. With ...


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