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Millennium Jazz Orchestra: Octopus

Read "Octopus" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Octopus, the tenth album released by the Millennium Jazz Orchestra in its nearly twenty-five years of impressive music-making in The Netherlands, is actually an eight-part suite by composer / arranger Joan Reinders devoted to one of the sea world's more fearsome and enigmatic creatures. The thematic essay spans the whole nine yards, from “Evolution" and “Environment" ...

Lookin' East

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2017
Track listing: Reunification; Mensch, Durf te Leven; Scurry; Lookin’ East; Nocturne in ¾. Duets—Part 1: Efcharisto; Part 2: Sorrowful Song; Part 3: Zugzwang.

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Millennium Jazz Orchestra: Lookin' East

Read "Lookin' East" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Netherlands, with a population less than that of New York State, is home to no less than four of the world's most accomplished jazz ensembles--the Metropole Orchestra, the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, the Ebony Big Band and the Millennium Jazz Orchestra whose latest album, Lookin' East, does nothing to subvert its status as a ...

Safety Zone

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2014
Track listing: V.W.; The House Code; A Child Is Born; Safety Zone; You Don’t Know What Love Is; Mikro Amoudi; Balanced Battle.

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Millennium Jazz Orchestra: Safety Zone

Read "Safety Zone" reviewed by Jack Bowers

With the release of its eighth album, Safety Zone, the Millennium Jazz Orchestra from the Netherlands marks its twenty-fifth year under the astute guidance of composer / arranger Joan Reinders who formed the band in 1989 and recorded for the first time two years later. As interesting as the orchestra's growth as a unit has been ...


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