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Bill Cunliffe: BACHanalia

Read "BACHanalia" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This is another entry in the durable “jazz meets the classics" subgenre with pianist and bandleader Bill Cunliffe leading a large ensemble through a fun program featuring mostly classical works and familiar standards.

The classical adaptations start off with Johann Sebastian Bach's “Sleepers Awake" played with crisp, muscular drive by the band. Cunliffe and trombonist ...

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Trumpetology: This Is Trumpetology

Read "This Is Trumpetology" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Southern California-based Trumpetology is an octet comprised of five sure-handed trumpeters and rhythm. For comparison's sake, think SuperSax for trumpets. Even though leader / arranger Walter Simonsen doesn't transcribe solos by well-known horn players to unsettle his mates, several of his charts demand the same kind of snug digital dexterity employed by SuperSax, and the group ...