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Danish Radio Big Band Box

Danish Radio Big Band Box

In the years preceding the mid-1940s, the powerful American Federation of Musicians prohibited records from being played on sizable radio stations. The union had no problem with records being sold in stores to consumers or being played on jukeboxes. Consumers paid for the right to play them at home as often as they wished, and jukebox ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Danish Radio Big Band: Jazzin' Around Christmas

Read "Jazzin' Around Christmas" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Despite the fact that Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Dave Brubeck all successfully recorded Yuletide songs, jazz still enjoys a problematic relationship with the so-called festive season.

The trouble no doubt is that Christmas is so quintessentially square or unhip. What self-respecting hipster would dream of walking in a winter wonderland or taking ...

Danish Radio Big Band: A Good Time Was Had By All

Read "A Good Time Was Had By All" reviewed by Jack Bowers

To mark its fiftieth anniversary in 2014, the Danish Radio Big Band produced a wide-ranging six-CD set encompassing highlights from the years 1964-2014 while spotlighting a number of well-known guest artists from the U.S. and elsewhere. The band is heard in studio and in concert, at home and abroad, and is sometimes referred to as the ...

Taylor's Universe: Across the Universe

Read "Across the Universe" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Back in the day, record companies would occasionally issue “Greatest Hits" compilation albums. Usually cheaply packaged (no gatefold, no credits, no liner notes, etc.), these collections were a convenient way to have all of an artist's big hits (plus some filler) in one convenient location. Record companies reaped huge profits from these collections and, perhaps, took ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Lars Møller's Aarhus Jazz Orchestra feat. David Liebman and Marilyn Mazur: ReWrite of Spring

Read "ReWrite of Spring" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the early twentieth century, at a time when the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky was barely known, he had already composed the celebrated works Firebird (1910) and Petrushka (1911). The 1913 work, The Rite of Spring, was to become renowned both as a ballet and as a stand-alone orchestral score. The Paris premier at the newly ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Danish Radio Big Band: Spirituals

Read "Spirituals" reviewed by Chris Mosey

There is a curiously old fashioned feel to this, first album of a new era for the Danish Radio Big Band under its freshly appointed leader, Norwegian Birger Carlsen.

The white folks sit on the veranda of “the big house" sipping their mint juleps as “their" blacks happily pick cotton and sing about ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Danish Radio Big Band: A Good Time Was Had By All

Read "Danish Radio Big Band: A Good Time Was Had By All" reviewed by Chris Mosey

To paraphrase Shakespeare, there is something rockin' in the state of Denmark. It's the Danish Radio Big Band, best of its kind in Europe, indeed--depending on who is conducting and the mood of the players--on occasion best in the world. Against all the odds in these cash-strapped times, the DRBB, as it is universally known, is ...

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Maria Schneider Orchestra en el 43 Voll-Damm Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona

Read "Maria Schneider Orchestra en el 43 Voll-Damm Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona" reviewed by Enrique Turpin

Maria Schneider Orchestra
43 Voll-Damm Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona
Palau de la Música Catalana
Jueves, 20 de octubre de 2011

Quienes conocían la leyenda contaban que una chica de Windom, en las profundidades agrarias de Minesota, había conquistado territorios vetados a su condición humana. Pregonaban que Maria Schneider, nombre por el que todavía ...