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ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

In Tune or Not in Tune... That Is the Question

Read "In Tune or Not in Tune... That Is the Question" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Suppose a month goes by, you have a column to publish, but nothing has happened that's worth writing about. What do you do then? Read on, as the question is about to be answered. A while back there was a discussion at a Stan Kenton web site (Kentonia) about musicians or groups of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matt Holman's Diversion Ensemble: When Flooded

Read "When Flooded" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Brooklyn-based trumpeter Matt Holman has been putting his horn to good use as a sideman with A-listers, like pianist Fred Hersch and vocalist Kate McGarry, and up-and-coming large ensembles, like Darcy James Argue's Secret Society and the Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra, but he's finally stepping up to the plate as a leader. When Flooded is Holman's ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra: Bloom

Read "Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra: Bloom" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The difference between a “big band" and an “orchestra" in jazz is usually more than nominal in nature. On the surface, they may seem the same, but their intent, musical scope and arranging/compositional methodology are usually very different. While it can be seen as a bit of a generalization, the “band" tag often refers to groups ...


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