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Nick DePinna: Nexus Music Vol. 1

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Los Angeles-based composer-trombonist Nick DePinna dips his toes warily into the big-band pond on Nexus Music Vol. 1, a concise yet largely impressive glimpse at contemporary motifs from a large-group perspective. The album encompasses only three songs whose total playing time is a brief twenty minutes, about one-quarter the maximum length of a Compact Disc.

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Elliot Deutsch: Make Big Band Great Again

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Bandleader Elliot Deutsch has come up with a clever angle for his third CD, complete with obligatory red baseball cap and “Make Big Band Great Again" logo. Song titles are precocious too: “Fake News," “Repeal and Replace," “The Great Wall," sandwiched between “America the Beautiful" and an ambivalent ode to his Los Angeles home, “Pink Sunset ...

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Andrew Neu: The Big Band Side of Andrew Neu

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No matter where The Big Band Side of Andrew Neu has been hiding, it's a real kick and genuine pleasure to have it in plain sight and within earshot, especially as Neu has at his side a number of the Los Angeles area's most accomplished sidemen and no less than seven superlative guest artists who lend ...