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Fred Hersch & the WDR Big Band: Begin Again

Read "Begin Again" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Throughout pianist Fred Hersch's long career, he has mostly worked in trios and other small units, rarely doing much with large ensembles. That makes this session of Hersch featured with Germany's WDR Big Band a special treat. They play a program of the pianist's compositions from various parts of his career, all arranged and conducted by ...

Fred Hersch & the WDR Big Band: Begin Again

Read "Begin Again" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Pianist Fred Hersch, who needs no introduction to most well-informed jazz enthusiasts, is by and large known as a leader of trios and other small groups. Begin Again displays another side of Hersch's appreciable talents: nine of his handsome compositions, astutely recast by six-time Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza and impressively performed by Germany's superb WDR ...

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Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw: Crossroads

Read "Crossroads" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Netherlands's Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, which started life in 1996 as the New Concert Big Band, a successor to such leading lights as Count Basie and Woody Herman, has evolved since then into an up-to-date ensemble that more closely resembles New York's Vanguard Jazz Orchestra or composer Bill Holman's legendary West Coast rehearsal band. ...

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Antonio Sanchez - WDR Big Band conducted by Vince Mendoza: Channels of Energy

Read "Channels of Energy" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La relazione tra la Cam Records di Ermanno Basso e il noto batterista messicano si fa sempre più eclettica e appassionante. Nel dicembre 2016, poche settimane dopo l'incisione del disco in solo di Antonio Sanchez Bad Hombre (pubblicato qualche mese fa), s'è concretizzato nel Rundfunk Studio di Colonia un sogno lungamente accarezzato dal produttore e dal ...

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Garry Dial: Rediscovered Ellington

Read "Rediscovered Ellington" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Fans of Duke Ellington who think they've heard it all should prepare themselves for a most pleasant surprise: a treasure-trove of “rediscovered" songs composed or co-written by Ellington, several of which had never before been recorded, wonderfully performed by Germany's world-class WDR Big Band conducted by Rich DeRosa and featuring the prodigious talents of guests Garry ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

ArtistShare: A Record Label for the Digital Age

Read "ArtistShare: A Record Label for the Digital Age" reviewed by Paul Naser

In the information age, as technology is transforming the way we share ideas, the creative artist seems to be in a dangerous situation. Peer-to-peer file sharing and free-streaming content are direct threats to an artists' livelihood. Combining this insight with a love for music and an appreciation for artists and the value of their work, Brian ...