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Valery Ponomarev Jazz Big Band: Our Father Who Art Blakey

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Who is Russian-born trumpeter Valery Ponomarev's favorite musician? A clue may be found in the title of Ponomarev's first CD as leader of his New York City-based big band: Our Father Who Art Blakey. The first jazz recording he heard while still in Russia, Ponomarev recalls, was Blakey's Jazz Messengers with trumpeter Lee Morgan playing pianist ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jack Cooper: Mists: Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra

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Charles Edward Ives (1874-1954), one of the first American composers of classical music to earn an international reputation, derived his inspiration from themes he had heard while growing up in Connecticut: hymns, traditional folk songs, marching bands (his father led one), patriotic songs, parlor ballads, Saturday night dances, and especially the melodies of the great Stephen ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Arturo O'Farrill and the Chico O'Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra: Final Night at Birdland

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On June 26, 2011, Arturo O'Farrill and the Chico O'Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra ended a fifteen-year run at New York City's Birdland, and--to our good fortune--had the foresight to record that very special event for everyone to hear and appreciate. The orchestra's scion, the great Chico O'Farrill, was still living when the ensemble made its ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Cecilia Coleman Big Band / Phil Norman Tentet / UNT One O'Clock Lab Band

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Cecilia Coleman Big Band

Oh Boy!

PandaKat Records

2011

Among the many pleasant surprises on Oh Boy!, pianist Cecilia Coleman's maiden voyage as leader of her own big band, perhaps the most eye-opening is that the band had been together for only eight months when the album was recorded by ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Noah Haidu: Carving Out His Place

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New York-based pianist Noah Haidu came to jazz through the blues, listening to the searing, soulful guitar moans of Buddy Guy and Albert King. But his training, at the age of six, had its advent in classical music. He also likes to experiment with electronics.

All these things go into the musical blender of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Native Soul: Soul Step

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C'è molto spesso il sax di Peter Brainin al centro degli sviluppi tematici degli undici brani che compongono la tracklist di Soul Step, il lavoro in studio firmato dal quartetto Native Soul. Tracce che si riferiscono a una seduta di registrazione del 2008, in quel di Dover, nelle quali possiamo apprezzare una buona serie di originali - ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ben Monder: Le Monde du Monder

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With a fittingly well-documented career, boasting a range of stunning appearances on over 50 recordings, including 14 since the year 2000, Ben Monder has solidified his position as one of the finest players of his generation.

A chordal and textural master, unafraid to thoroughly explore advanced harmonic concepts, Ben's appearance on a sideman date is ...