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David Liebman Group: Live at MCG

Read "Live at MCG" reviewed by John Kelman

It may not possess the same visibility as other longstanding groups like the Dave Holland Quintet or Oregon, and saxophonist Dave Liebman's Group hasn't completely avoided flux. Marko Marcinko replaced drummer Jamey Haddad a few years back, and Phil Markowitz's departure trimmed the group from a quintet to a quartet, even though the keyboardist continues collaborating ...

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Billy Taylor - Gerry Mulligan: Live at MCG

Read "Live at MCG" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Sono otto gli standard e due le composizioni originali di questa ottima incisione del ’93, firmata dall’inedito duo Mulligan/Taylor. Incontri come questo, all’insegna del bel suonare, imperversano da sempre nei festival e nella produzione discografica. A rendere interessante l’ascolto del disco è la classe immensa del magnifico baritonista. È una vera goduria per il fortunato acquirente del CD ...

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Billy Taylor and Gerry Mulligan: Live at MCG

Read "Live at MCG" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

The typical jazz listener easily tires of hearing standards covered by newer artists. However, it's occasionally good to hear the masters revisit some of these old compositions--a way of staying connected. Jazz legends Billy Taylor and Gerry Mulligan have done that with Live at MCG. The Manchester Craftsmen's Guild is a non-profit organization in Pittsburgh, USA ...

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Billy Taylor and Gerry Mulligan: Live at MCG

Read "Live at MCG" reviewed by Joel Roberts

Dr. Billy Taylor has spent so much of the latter part of his nearly sixty-year career in jazz as an educator and broadcaster that it's easy to forget what a brilliant pianist he is. This splendid 1993 date, billed as his first-ever performance with the late baritone sax legend Gerry Mulligan, should serve as a reminder ...

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Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra: Live at MCG

Read "Live at MCG" reviewed by Jim Santella

You can feel the echoes of Woody Herman, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington in every song that the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra interprets. You can feel the cool swing of Henry Mancini and the hard bop syncopation of Horace Silver too. And, of course, you can feel the all-star quality that this big band brings with it ...

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Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra: Live at MCG

Read "Live at MCG" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

It's not easy to top a live performance by a big band at the Manchester's Craftsman's Guild. The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra continues the tradition of creating some of the grooviest, swinging jazz to hit the CD racks in recent memory. And that says a lot, considering what's out there. With Live at MCG, the band celebrates ...

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Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra: Live at MCG

Read "Live at MCG" reviewed by John Kelman

Sometimes a live recording does nothing more than highlight a performance that, while fun to attend, doesn't really bear repeated exposure. On the other hand, some manage to vividly capture the excitement, energy and magic of a show, making their listeners wish they could have been there. Now twenty years old, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra--co-led by ...

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Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra: Live at MCG

Read "Live at MCG" reviewed by Jack Bowers

For me, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra has been an acquired taste. I was less enamored than others with its first two releases, Groove Shop and Heart and Soul, but since then the orchestra has produced a series of winners (Absolutely!, Explosive!, Shout Me Out) and marks its twentieth anniversary with what is arguably its most impressive ...