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George Stone / Fred Hess Big Band / Jamie Begian Big Band

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George Stone

The Real Deal

Self Published

2010

Every once in a while the stars align, the wheel of fortune spins precisely and listeners are the happy recipients of a big band album that is remarkably engaging and spectacular from start to finish; in other words, The Real Deal. This ...

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Jamie Begian Big Band: Big Fat Grin

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Who wants to take on the task of turning 17 individual musicians into a jazz big band? Very few people would attempt it, and fewer would succeed. Guitarist Jamie Begian did it in 1998 and the Jamie Begian Big Band now celebrates its 12th year with the release of its second album, Big Fat Grin. Begian ...

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Marc McDonald: It Doesn't End Here

Read "It Doesn't End Here" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Sometimes, you can learn a lot from a title. Hopefully, It Doesn't End Here is a deliberate message that alto saxophonist Marc McDonald has a lot more left in him after his debut release as a leader.

McDonald has spent about 25 years as a sideman, playing various styles, including funk and cabaret. A ...