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Take Five With Alexi David

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Meet Alexi David:

Cypriot-American composer and bassist Alexi David grew up in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood. His group, Alexi David's Patriot Act, has created the first fusion with jazz and the Greek sounds of rembetika. David is also adept on bouzouki, baglama and piano. He is a scholar on the music of the late Charles ...

Fat Cat Big Band: Face

Read "Face" reviewed by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Face is an album with layers. Each of the ten tracks offers a nuanced explication of anticipation, heartbreak and spirituality. The glistening veneer of giddiness and celebration is attractive and reviving. But if you listen closely, there's also yearning and loneliness and a grasping for spiritual fulfillment. The entire album is soulful in the way some ...

Mike Barone / National Youth Jazz Orchestra / Vaughn Wiester / Dutch Jazz Orchestra

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Mike Barone Big Band
Class of '68
Rhubarb Recordings
2009

While some may deem composer / arranger / trombonist Mike Barone's latest album gratuitous, those who were introduced to Barone's music via the band's superb recording Live at Donte's, 1968 should take enormous pleasure in hearing further inspired ...

Fat Cat Big Band: Meditations On The War...

Read "Meditations On The War..." reviewed by Mark Corroto

What makes a great big band record? Is it the writing or the arranging? Or maybe it is the playing of the musicians, which of course is the product of both the writing and the arranging.

Certainly a big band (like, say, a quartet) produces great music when it performs regularly as a working ...