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Lasse Lindgren Big Constellation: The Unrecorded Fox

Read "The Unrecorded Fox" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When it comes to playing high-note jazz trumpet, the late great Maynard Ferguson was, is and perhaps always will be the standard to which every specialist in that limited field aspires. Yes, there have been assorted claimants--Cat Anderson, Ziggy Elman, Jon Faddis, Dave Stahl, Eric Miyashiro, Wayne Bergeron and Dennis Noday spring to mind--but no one ...

Jazz From Around the World: Europe

Read "Jazz From Around the World: Europe" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Jazz has had a universal appeal since its inception. As soon as the music left its cradle of jny: New Orleans in the early years of the 20th century it quickly spread to all corners of the world. Europeans were among the first non-Americans to embrace the music and place their unique twist on it. Below ...

Dusko Goykovich: Latin Haze

Read "Latin Haze" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Reaching back deep into the memory bag, big band jazz aficionados might remember a brilliant, young Yugoslavian jazz trumpeter who graced the horn sections of Maynard Ferguson's, Woody Herman's and Clark Terry's 1960s ensembles. Shortly thereafter, Dusko Goykovich returned to Europe and, over the decades, has become one of the continent's most celebrated and beloved jazz ...

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Wolfgang Haffner: Kind Of Cool

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Drummer Wolfgang Haffner is one of Germany's most respected and experienced jazz musicians: his 30 year career features recordings with Al Cohn, Joe Pass and Till Bronner as well as numerous albums as leader. On Kind Of Cool he's joined by an excellent line-up of European jazzers, including pianist Jan Lundgren and trombonist Nils Landgren: their ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Gold Medalists Abound at Big Band Olympics

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As this is being written, Betty and I are just back from a ten-day visit to California, the first six days of which would be of absolutely no interest to readers of this column. The last four, however, were spent at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel attending the L.A. Jazz Institute's “Big Band Olympics," which ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Are You Sure, Bobby?

Read "Are You Sure, Bobby?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In late March, I received an e-mail from trumpeter Bobby Shew. He said he'd performed a gig in West Palm Beach, FL, and had met my brothers, whom he described as “nice guys." My first impulse was to write back and ask if he could have been mistaken. My brothers? Nice guys? Well, the fact is ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

A Memorable Evening with Andy Martin

Read "A Memorable Evening with Andy Martin" reviewed by Jack Bowers

After several months of inactivity, big-band jazz in Albuquerque sprang vibrantly to life for one memorable evening February 19 as Andy Martin, one of the world's most accomplished trombonists, flew in from Los Angeles to team with the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra for an electrifying concert at the Eldorado High School Performing Arts Center, crowning the city's ...

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Dusko Goykovich: Five Horns & Rhythm

Read "Five Horns & Rhythm" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

L'arte della scrittura per organici ridotti, ma superiori al classico quintetto, sembra essere ormai dimenticata. Eppure negli anni Cinquanta e Sessanta i Jazz Messengers, il Jazztet, il Dektette di Marty Paich e molti organici di Shorty Rogers, produssero musica di altissimo livello, combinando la libertà dei piccoli gruppi alla capacità timbrica e narrativa delle orchestre. Five Horns & Rhythm riprende ...

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Walter Lang Trio: Eurasia

Read "Eurasia" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

German pianist Walter Lang is big in Japan, with Eurasia being the sixth CD released there on the M&I Records label. A listen to any of these discs reveals something for the discerning taste of the Japanese jazz fan.

Lang records mostly in the trio format--piano, bass and drums--and his approach in this setting ...

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Frantisek Uhlir: Double Bass Session

Read "Double Bass Session" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Jazz at Prague Castle was initiated in February 2004 by the President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus. The series of performances has featured some big names from that country including bassist Frantisek Uhlir, who had previously released the live Jazz at Prague Castle 2006 (Multisonic, 2006), featuring a trio and a guest appearance by trumpeter/flugelhornist ...