Size Matters: (Mostly New) Jazz for Big Bands and Orchestras, Part 4

Ludovico Granvassu BY

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In the early days of jazz, "Orchestra" was used to identify bands larger than a septet. Nowadays, jazz orchestras and big bands are much larger than that, like those we feature in our final installment of our mini-series dedicated to (mostly new and upcoming) releases by big bands and orchestras which can be found at the intersection of beauty, fun and mischief.

Happy listening and don't forget to check out the previous installments of this mini-series: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.


  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • The Louis Cole Big Band "Everyone" [Live in Europe] 0:16
  • Host talks 3:00
  • Jazzrausch Bigband "Shuffling Steps" Téchne (ACT) 4:34
  • Brussels Jazz Orchestra "Funky Haircut" Two Places (Brussels Jazz Orchestra Records) 8:46
  • Host talks 16:21
  • Chris Potter Underground Orchestra "Imaginary Cities 2: Dualities" Imaginary Cities (ECM) 18:52
  • Django Bates, Norbotten Big Band "My Little Suede Shoes" Tenacity (Lost Marble) 27:32
  • Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra "The Goose" Tales from the Jacquard (Live) (Whirlwind) 32:34
  • Host talks 42:47
  • Michael Moore, NDR Big Band "Brunheiras" Sanctuary (Ramboy) 45:02
  • Tim Hagans, NDR Big Band "Movement III" A Conversation (Waiting Room) 51:53
  • Terraza Big Band "Zed" One Day Wonder (Outside in Music) 1:04:41
  • Host talks 1:12:20
  • Webber/Morris Big Band "Rebonds" Both Are True (Greenleaf) 1:13:48
  • Andrew D'Angelo, DNA Orchestra "Egna Ot Waog" DNA Orchestra (Self-released) 1:16:56
  • Host talks 1:29:03
  • Gard Nilssen Supersonic Orchestra "Premium Processing Fee" If You Listen Carefully the Music is Yours (ODIN) 1:31:45
Photo credit: Zoe Holman

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