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UNT One O'Clock Lab Band: Lab 2019

Read "Lab 2019" reviewed by Jack Bowers

UNT is the University of North Texas, home to the country's flagship Jazz Studies program since its inception in the mid-1940s, and home as well to no less than a dozen undergraduate big bands, each one named for its daily rehearsal time. Pride of place goes to the One O'Clock ensemble whose special artistry has been ...

Lab 2018, The Rhythm of the Road

Label: Unt Jazz
Released: 2018
Track listing: Hey, It’s Me You’re Talkin’ To; The Rhythm of the Road; Train; Blues for Kazu; A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing; “Birds of a Feather . . .”; Without a Doubt; Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5; After the Rain.

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UNT One O'Clock Lab Band: Lab 2018, The Rhythm of the Road

Read "Lab 2018, The Rhythm of the Road" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Another year, another excellent recording from the University of North Texas' flagship ensemble, the One O'Clock Lab Band, which has been producing similarly impressive albums for more than four decades. Unlike many of its predecessors, Lab 2018 has a subtitle, “The Rhythm of the Road," a nod to the band's twenty-eight concerts in a dozen cities ...

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University of North Texas: Anniversary Package; Lab 2017

Read "Anniversary Package; Lab 2017" reviewed by Jack Bowers

To mark the seventieth anniversary of its establishment, the Division of Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas in Denton has issued superb CD compilations honoring four of its distinguished educators / bandleaders in addition to Lab 2017 by the university's flagship One O'Clock Lab Band, the fiftieth annual recording by that widely celebrated ensemble. ...

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The UNT One O'Clock Lab Band: Lab 2016

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The year ending in May 2016 was quite an eventful time for the University of North Texas' flagship One O'Clock Lab Band. Besides hosting regular concerts and clinics in Denton and the surrounding area and holding its three yearly performances in Fort Worth, the band welcomed acclaimed drummer Dennis Mackrel as guest artist for its fall ...

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Swiss Jazz Orchestra: Pools: Live at Jazzfestival Bern

Read "Pools: Live at Jazzfestival Bern" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As if a new CD by the superlative Swiss Jazz Orchestra weren't enough to start New Year 2016 on a high note, Pools presses home the considerable talents of the orchestra's special guests, vibraphonist Mike Mainieri and drummer Peter Erskine, in a dynamic performance taped live at the Hotel Innere Enge on April 10-11, 2015, as ...

Prime Time

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2015
Track listing: Cold Duck Time; The Phrygian Five; Torque; El Abrazo; I Want to Be Happy; September Song; Hey Jude; I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face; Blues for Stew’s Shoes.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra: Prime Time

Read "Prime Time" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Composer / arranger Alan Baylock seems to have a penchant for time. Prime Time is the Baylock Jazz Orchestra's third album, following Two Seconds to Midnight (2003) and Eastern Standard Time (2008). This time (no pun intended), Baylock, who doubles as chief arranger for the U.S. Air Force's premier jazz ensemble, the Airmen of Note, has ...

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Ira B. Liss: It's About Time

Read "Ira B. Liss: It's About Time" reviewed by Jack Bowers

So are there any first-rate big bands worth hearing in California outside of the Los Angeles area? So happy you asked. As a matter of fact, San Diego is solidly entrenched in that position thanks to the superb Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine which, coincidentally, has recorded a spectacular new album, It's About Time. ...


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