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Brussels Jazz Orchestra: The Music of Enrico Pieranunzi

Read "The Music of Enrico Pieranunzi" reviewed by Jack Bowers

For those few die-hards who may adamantly insist that superior big-band jazz never reaches beyond America's borders, here is irrefutable proof that the reverse is true: the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, world-class in every respect, performing (in concert) admirable compositions by the marvelous Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi with arrangements by the no less marvelous trumpeter Bert Joris ...

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Lars Møller's Aarhus Jazz Orchestra feat. David Liebman and Marilyn Mazur: ReWrite of Spring

Read "ReWrite of Spring" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the early twentieth century, at a time when the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky was barely known, he had already composed the celebrated works Firebird (1910) and Petrushka (1911). The 1913 work, The Rite of Spring, was to become renowned both as a ballet and as a stand-alone orchestral score. The Paris premier at the newly ...

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Brussels Jazz Orchestra: Wild Beauty

Read "Wild Beauty" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Benchè candidato alla vincita di un Grammy Award, Wild Beauty, non è certo uno dei migliori CD della Brussels Jazz Orchestra. A conti fatti, i due prestigiosi ospiti non costituiscono il valore aggiunto di un progetto che naviga senza grandi colpi d'ala in un quieto mainstream. Joe Lovano è un magnifico solista, ma le sue composizioni ...

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Half Note Records Announces A Release From The Brussels Jazz Orchestra Featuring Joe Lovano "Wild Beauty"

Half Note Records Announces A Release From The Brussels Jazz Orchestra Featuring Joe Lovano "Wild Beauty"

AVAILABLE IN STORES AND ONLINE SEPTEMBER 10, 2013 Following its triumphant partnership with pianist Kenny Werner (Institute of Higher Learning), the award-winning Brussels Jazz Orchestra turns its attention to Joe Lovano, long heralded a towering soloist among tenor saxophonists. Wild Beauty illuminates the composer side of Lovano’s musicianship, featuring a palette of earthy tunes previously recorded ...

Half Note Records: Live from the Blue Note

Read "Half Note Records:  Live from the Blue Note" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

Jeff Levenson has been at the helm of Half Note Records since 2002, just a few years after it got off the ground. Through a combination of his leadership and vision and the great artistry of the musicians represented in its catalog--including McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Lee Konitz and many others--the label has clearly made its ...

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Brussels Jazz Orchestra (BJO) to play with Kenny Werner at New York’s Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in October

Brussels Jazz Orchestra (BJO) to play with Kenny Werner at  New York’s Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in October

The BJO is coming back to New York! From October 26-31, the prestigious Brussels Jazz Orchestra plays at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca Cola with award winning pianist and composer, Kenny Werner. After a long absence in the States, the European orchestra from—you guessed it!—Brussels, capital of Belgium and Europe, will unleash its virtuosity in New ...

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Brussels Jazz Orchestra / Royal Flemish Philharmonic: Dangerous Liaison

Read "Dangerous Liaison" reviewed by Jack Bowers

I am loath to use the word masterpiece when appraising any musical endeavor, but there is simply no better way to describe these remarkable compositions for big band and symphony orchestra by the superb Belgian composer/trumpeter Bert Joris, which together frame the definitive answer to anyone who says there's not much happening on the European jazz ...

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Brussels Jazz Orchestra: Countermove

Read "Countermove" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Brussels Jazz Orchestra, which has welcomed in the past such eminent composer/arrangers as Bill Holman, Maria Schneider, Kenny Werner and Phil Woods, and has played the music of noted Belgians Bert Joris and Michel Herr, turns for a second time on this new album to works by its talented artistic director/lead alto saxophonist, Frank Vaganée, ...

The Brussels Jazz Orchestra: The Music of Bert Joris

Read "The Music of Bert Joris" reviewed by Jack Bowers

We’ve sung the praises of the Brussels Jazz Orchestra before ( The September Sessions ) but never so loudly as for this new two–disc set on which the BJO plays the music of the marvelous Belgian composer / arranger / trumpeter Bert Joris. And what music it is! Melodically rich, harmonically sophisticated, invariably bright and swinging ...

Brussels Jazz Orchestra: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although Belgium doesn’t leap readily to mind when the conversation turns to hotbeds of Jazz, that country has produced a handful of outstanding Jazz musicians — Toots Thielemans, Bobby Jaspar and a few others — and boasts at least one world–class big band, the Brussels Jazz Orchestra. On Live, recorded in May ’97, the BJO performs ...


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