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Alex Budman

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Alex Budman is an active musician of 20 years with performing experience on all saxophones, clarinets, flutes, electric and acoustic basses. His versatility has allowed him to perform and record with a wide range of artists including Liza Minnelli, Rosemary Clooney, Erykah Badu, Christopher Cross, Boz Scaggs, Eric Clapton, Bettye LaVette, The Funk Brothers, Wendy and Lisa, Busta Rhymes, Jesús D

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Stubborn Breathing Heart

Label: Painted Sun
Released: 2021
Track listing: Keep on Rollin’; Where Is My Home; Just Because You Want It; Stubborn Breathing Heart; Something You Got; Let Your Love Shine; This Old Heart; Paper Bridges; What It Takes; Already Home; Help Me Find My Way; On My Way To You.

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Forest Sun: Stubborn Breathing Heart

Read "Stubborn Breathing Heart" reviewed by Doug Collette


Evocative as is Forest Sun's name, that moniker mirrors the vivid music on Stubborn Breathing Heart. At this point, after ten plus albums in his discography, the Cali native has not wholly evolved into a original thinker, but his deeply earnest sense of purpose renders his work here inordinately charming. As does his penchant for the ...

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The Garden Is My Stage

Label: Dash Hoffman Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Orinthology; Come Back As A Flower; Pannonica; Woodstock; Lullaby of the Leaves; Un pais con el nombre de un rio; Little Sunflower; Double Rainbow; La Lola; A Flower is a Lovesome Thing; Spanish Harlem; Willow Weep for Me; Agua de beber.

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Jeremy Levy Jazz Orchestra: The Planets: Reimagined

Read "The Planets: Reimagined" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The Planets, a picturesque seven-movement suite written more than a hundred years ago (1914-16) by the English composer Gustav Holst, has been marvelously Reimagined in a present-day framework by film scenarist Jeremy Levy and his superlative Los Angeles-based Jazz Orchestra in a medley that safeguards the tantalizing flavor of the original while adding sufficient seasoning and ...

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Brighter Day

Label: Painted Sun
Released: 2019
Track listing: All This Freedom; Brighter Day; Hearts Beat and Take a Beating; Baby Don’t Worry (We’ll be All Right); When Will I See You; One Candle; If Our Time is Over; Windowsill; Now That She’s Gone; Just Someone I Used To Know; Knowing How It Ends; Little Mountain; Clarity

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Brent Fischer

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Brent Fischer Orchestra (BFO) + The Clare Fischer Ensembles — Trio, Quartet, Organ Quintet, Big Band, Latin Jazz Group, Jazz Corp — perform internationally, under the direction of Brent Fischer Music is ALL original works by Clare and Brent Fischer, now celebrating 50+ years of MUSIC + over 60 Recorded albums available at https://clarefischer.com/music and https://clarefischer.com/books BFO is set to release a New album in Sept, 2021 of Pictures at an Exhibition, featuring an all-star 22-piece big band, directed and produced by Brent Fischer. Grammy®-winning producer, composer, arranger Brent Fischer credits his late father, Dr Clare Fischer, for creating a family tradition of writing with a rich harmonic and orchestrational palette that has become the Fischer brand

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Brian Eisenberg Jazz Orchestra: Sense of Gratitude

Read "Sense of Gratitude" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


L'orchestratore losangelino Brian Eisenberg debutta a capo della sua big band di 18 elementi presentando otto sue composizioni e un fresco arrangiamento di “Blackbird," il brano di Lennon e McCartney. Ha già ottenuto ottimi riconoscimenti (l'ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award, una menzione al Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award, il John Philip Sousa Award, eccetera) ...

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Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band: Intenso!

Read "Intenso!" reviewed by Jack Bowers


If nothing else, an exclamation point is meant to grab one's attention. What matters most, of course, is what precedes (or follows) said mark. On Intenso!, the latest album by the Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band, the music provides its own exclamation point, charging boldly forward as if to say, “Drop whatever you're doing and ...

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Time Check: A Paucity of Riches?

Read "Time Check: A Paucity of Riches?" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On May 18, Betty and I flew to Los Angeles to attend Time Check: A Buddy Rich Alumni Reunion, a four-day panorama sponsored by the L.A. Jazz Institute and held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, about a stone's throw or two from the LAX airport. We arrived early afternoon so we could also be present for ...


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