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Small Band: First Flight

Read "First Flight" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

I due leader della Small Band - il pianista Marco Contardi e il drummer Pierluigi Villani - affidano gran parte delle sorti del loro First Flight a cinque fiatisti: quattro sax (soprano, alto, tenore, baritono) e una tromba. E fanno bene. Perché le nove tracce qui proposte mostrano, nel loro insieme, un ampio spettro timbrico che rende l'ascolto piacevole, fluido ...

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The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra: First Flight

Read "First Flight" reviewed by Edward Blanco

As a licensed pilot I have fond memories of the first time I took the controls of an airplane on my solo flight and the proud sense of accomplishment one feels when you've landed alive and relieved. That enormous sense of accomplishment is what I'm sure trombonist Pete McGuinness must have felt when he launched his ...

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The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra: First Flight

Read "First Flight" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Pete McGuinness has been leading his own groups since the 1990s, but the closest he came to helming a big band was as co-leader of The Newyorkestra. He changed the pattern in September 2006 when he formed the Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra which, later that year, he took into the recording studio.

McGuinness shows ...

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Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra: First Flight

Read "First Flight" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Trombonist/composer/arranger Pete McGuinness has twenty years on the New York jazz scene under his belt, playing with the Woody Herman Big Band (directed by Frank Tibieri) and the Maria Schneider Orchestra, alongside studies with trombonist Bob Brookmeyer and Manny Album. So it's no surprise that his first recording leading his Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra, First Flight, ...

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The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra: First Flight

Read "First Flight" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On the aptly named First Flight, the inaugural recording as leader of his own big band, Pete McGuinness does almost everything except drive the band bus and clean up the studio afterward--and I wouldn't doubt that he did that as well.

McGuinness wrote six of the album's nine tunes, arranged them all, crafts likable trombone solos ...