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Sam Newsome & Lucian Ban: The Romanian-American Jazz Suite

Read "The Romanian-American Jazz Suite" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The Romanian-American Jazz Suite, by soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome and pianist Lucian Ban, is another very good example of how the jazz aesthetic of personal expression be applied to other music (here Romanian folk music and Christmas carols) and, in essence, subsume it. The project has its genesis in an award given by CEC Artslink to ...

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Sam Newsome & Lucian Ban: The Romanian-American Jazz Suite

Read "The Romanian-American Jazz Suite" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Sam Newsome and Lucian Ban took a handful of Romanian folk songs and gave them jazz arrangements, then combined them with some original songs inspired by Romanian culture to produce The Romanian-American Jazz Suite, an excellent balance of the modern and the traditional, rendered artfully by a first-rate band.

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