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Clare Fischer Orchestra: Extension

Read "Extension" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The late 1950s and early 1960s saw a change in the approach to big band arranging. Voicings and colorings became more luxuriant, and the palettes began to include more pastels; classical harmonies began to creep in to charts.

Gil Evans brought the arranging prowess he developed in the Claude Thornhill Orchestra and the the ...

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Clare Fischer Orchestra: Extension

Read "Extension" reviewed by Troy Collins

When composer Clare Fischer passed away on January 26, 2012, he left behind a diverse legacy. Spending the late 1950s as pianist and arranger for The Hi-Lo's before working alongside Dizzy Gillespie and Donald Byrd, Fischer finally attained greater recognition in the 1960s for his contributions to the then burgeoning Latin jazz and bossa nova craze, ...

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Julius Hemphill: Dogon A.D.

Read "Dogon A.D." reviewed by Troy Collins

Dogon A.D. has long been revered as a classic among jazz connoisseurs; Julius Hemphill's relatively obscure but highly influential debut is widely considered the missing link between the avant-garde and populist forms such as blues, funk and soul. The 1972 recording session for this historic masterpiece originally produced four unique compositions, but Hemphill only issued three ...

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Bill Dixon Orchestra: Intents And Purposes

Read "Intents And Purposes" reviewed by John Sharpe

At last Bill Dixon's almost mythical Intents And Purposes sees the light of day once again. The only sadness is that the trumpeter died in June 2010 before his monumental early masterpiece could resurface. Painstakingly transferred from the two-track masters, the disc is lovingly presented as a facsimile of the original LP with the album cover ...

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The Bill Dixon Orchestra: Intents And Purposes

Read "Intents And Purposes" reviewed by Troy Collins

Intents And Purposes has long been revered as Bill Dixon's singular masterpiece. Out of print for years, the late trumpet innovator's magnum opus has been lovingly remastered and reissued on CD, by International Phonograph Inc., in a deluxe mini-LP styled package that replicates the original 1967 issue, providing an important opportunity to reevaluate this seminal work. ...