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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joe McPhee: From Outer Space

Read "From Outer Space" reviewed by Thad Aerts

Joe McPhee, the 78-year-old multi-instrumentalist dedicated to the saxophone, has a new trio. McPhee on said saxophone with James Keepnews on guitar and laptop, and David Berger on drums make up Plan B. From Outer Space is the trio's inaugural offering. Free in its wandering's, the record is still incredibly cohesive and multi-themed.

Recorded ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

National Jazz Ensemble: Featuring Gerry Mulligan

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Any new CD whose cover proclaims “Featuring Gerry Mulligan" is guaranteed to turn heads, raise antennae and whip up interest. This one, on which Mulligan performs with the then-three-year-old National Jazz Ensemble, was recorded February 19, 1977, in a sold-out auditorium at the New School in New York City. In his liner notes, trumpeter David Berger ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Dot Time Records' Legends' Series Release: The National Jazz Ensemble Featuring Gerry Mulligan

Dot Time Records' Legends' Series Release: The National Jazz Ensemble Featuring Gerry Mulligan

Dot Time Records is pleased to announce the second release in its “Legends" series entitled National Jazz Ensemble featuring Gerry Mulligan. The album is scheduled for worldwide release on February 20th, 2016. This release is the first of a series of recordings by Chuck Israels and the National Jazz Ensemble (NJE) in the “Legends" Series. This album ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Marshall Gilkes: Relishing Big Band Success

Read "Marshall Gilkes: Relishing Big Band Success" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Marshall Gilkes is a trombonist of monster chops and great taste whenever he puts the brass to his lips in any performance. He's seen sitting in the trombone section of the Maria Schneider Orchestra in recent years, and has associations with other big bands, either subbing in, or as a member of the WDR Big Band ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Doug Wamble: A New Direction

Read "Doug Wamble: A New Direction" reviewed by Matthew Warnock

It's never easy for an established artist to make a change in their musical output mid-career, especially if up until that point they have made a name for themselves in the realm of traditional jazz. While some of these artists make a switch because for monetary reasons or to reach a wider audience, others are drawn ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Andy Farber

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Meet Andy Farber:

Andy Farber is an award-winning jazz composer, arranger and saxophonist and has spent years performing with the likes of Jon Hendricks and Wynton Marsalis. Since 1994, Farber has been part of the Jazz @ Lincoln Center stable of writers and performers.

Through J@LC, Farber has toured with the J@LC ...

David Berger Jazz Orchestra / Sheryl Bailey / UNC–Greensboro

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David Berger Jazz Orchestra
Sing Me a Love Song: Harry Warren's Undiscovered Standards
Such Sweet Thunder
2010

If composer Harry Warren is remembered at all, it is for such blockbuster hits from the 1940s as “Chattanooga Choo-Choo" (the country's first million-selling record), “I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo" ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Deck the Halls with Big Band Carols

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With the holiday season on track and hastening toward us like a runaway locomotive, it's time once again to hunker down and prepare for the annual onslaught of “Rudolph," “Frosty the Snowman," “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," “Sleigh Ride," “Silver Bells," chestnuts roasting on an open fire and everyone's perennial favorite, “White Christmas." Not to ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

David Berger Octet: I Had the Craziest Dream

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David Berger Octet
I Had the Craziest Dream
Such Sweet Thunder
2008



Composer / arranger / scholar / historian / educator David Berger, who uses groups of various sizes to adorn his musical framework, has chosen an octet to record I Had the Craziest Dream, subtitled The Music ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

David Berger Octet featuring Harry Allen and Joe Temperley: I Had The Craziest Dream: The Music of Harry Warren

Read "I Had The Craziest Dream: The Music of Harry Warren" reviewed by Michael Steinman

David Berger's credentials are wide-ranging and impeccable: transcribing 500 Ellington recordings, leading the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, teaching at the Manhattan School of Music and Juilliard. I Had the Craziest Dream is precise, hot and lively, honoring Harry Warren, a deserving 20th-century popular composer less well known than Berlin, Gershwin, or Porter. In addition to the ...