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John Hollenbeck Jazz Bigband Graz featuring Theo Bleckmann: Joys & Desires

Read "Joys & Desires" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

This release would look like the dozens of big band recordings that surface every year, except for the small print mentioning Theo Bleckmann. Bleckmann, a fixture in New York City performance art circles, was a conspicuous presence on this year's Winter & Winter recording Las Vegas Rhapsody: The Night They Invented Champagne. Bleckmann isn't singing this ...

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John Hollenbeck: Joys & Desires

Read "Joys & Desires" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il batterista John Hollenbeck sa certamente come svelare la magia della big band, come evocarne la fascinazione, come sussurrarne la storia senza assolutamente ripercorrerne i clichè. Il suo Joys & Desires si staglia sin dal primo brano come un lucido monolito che riflette la luce circostante e brilla per l’intelligenza compositiva, per l’eleganza degli arrangiamenti e ...

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John Hollenbeck & Jazz Bigband Graz: Joys & Desires

Read "Joys & Desires" reviewed by John Kelman

Only days into the new year, and there's already a strong contender for 2006 “best of lists. That it comes from John Hollenbeck--a drummer who, in recent years, has emerged as one of the most distinctive composers in and out of jazz--is no surprise. After all, last year's--A Blessing (OmniTone), with his Large Ensemble, and Semi-Formal ...

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John Hollenbeck & Jazz Bigband Graz: Joys & Desires

Read "Joys & Desires" reviewed by Chris May

Because of their sheer physical bulk and lethal defensive firepower, big bands have remained fundamentally immune to the jazz revolutions of the last sixty years. Bop, hard bop, cool, free, fusion, funked up, rocked out, astral, groove, and ecstatic... all the major reinventions have been created by smaller lineups. (Miles Davis's Birth Of The Cool band ...