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C. Andrew Hovan's Best Releases of 2017

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The landscape is constantly changing when it comes to the viability of jazz recordings in our world of free downloads and pervasive internet exposure. Add to that a propensity these days for media to tout anything that is a bit off-center and right wing as the next greatest thing. Much of what passes for jazz these ...

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Jim Worsley's Best Releases of 2017

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As 2017 was another exceptional year in new music, choosing the recordings that rise above is a daunting task. It is also a lot of fun. Yes, such “drudgery" to listen to countless strong musical efforts from artists all over the world. The vast spectrum of seasoned pros, to new blood, and everything in between provided ...

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Christian McBride Big Band: Bringin' It

Read "Bringin' It" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Where and how does Christian McBride find the time to do what he does? His plate is full about nine times over, what with his work as bassist, composer, bandleader, educator, jazz advocate, public speaker, radio personality, DJ, and Artistic Director for the Newport Jazz Festival. It's no wonder that it took him six years to ...

Christian McBride: The Good Feeling

Read "The Good Feeling" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

The Good Feeling à l'album di debutto della Big Band guidata da Christian McBride, che con questo lavoro -pensato e messo insieme durante un lungo periodo di tempo -mette in evidenza un nuovo lato della propria personalità musicale. Il contrabbassista ha scelto un repertorio fatto di suoi brani, rivisti e formalmente adattati per l'occasione, e una ...

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Christian McBride Big Band: The Good Feeling

Read "The Good Feeling" reviewed by David Rickert

In today's jazz world, with most artists working clubs in small combos, there may be something a little retro about a big band recording. However, there are always musicians that are up for the challenge of arranging and recording for larger groups despite the logistics involved.

Enter Christian McBride, one of the most accomplished and ...

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Christian McBride Big Band: The Good Feeling

Read "The Good Feeling" reviewed by Larry Taylor

With all that Christian McBride has accomplished in his 30 year jazz career, The Good Feeling is his first recording fronting a big band.

This formidable bassist has had a versatile career as leader, sideman, composer and arranger; he has appeared with a galaxy of star players from jazz, as well as rock ...

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Christian McBride Big Band: The Good Feeling

Read "The Good Feeling" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The Good Feeling marks the debut of the Christian McBride Big Band, but the seeds for this album were sown in the mid-'90s. Jazz at Lincoln Center commissioned McBride to write and arrange his first major big band work--"Bluesin' In Alphabet City"--in 1995, and that experience really sparked his interest in composing for large groups. Now, ...