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Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra

At the forefront of Brooklyn’s burgeoning big band scene, the Japanese-born composer Asuka Kakitani has attracted some of New York’s finest jazz artists with her adventurous, melodically charged charts. After several years of regular performances around New York City, the dynamically supple 18-piece Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra makes a stunning debut with Bloom, due out January 26 on Nineteen-Eight Records. Outside of Lincoln Center, virtually all jazz orchestras exist as a labor of love. Kakitani has fostered the necessary dedication among her peers with writing so bright, vivid and personal that it inspires some of New York’s leading improvisers to wondrously expressive heights

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Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra: Bloom

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Qualcuno sta disperatamente cercando di tenere in vita la tradizione delle orchestre jazzistiche, malgrado la crisi dei mondi, le lamentele dei 'bottom line managers' che sono solo capaci di dire che i conti non tornano. Bella forza, loro guardano solo alla riga finale del bilancio e non hanno la più pallida idea di cosa ci sia ...

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Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra: Bloom

Read "Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra: Bloom" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The difference between a “big band" and an “orchestra" in jazz is usually more than nominal in nature. On the surface, they may seem the same, but their intent, musical scope and arranging/compositional methodology are usually very different. While it can be seen as a bit of a generalization, the “band" tag often refers to groups ...

Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra: Bloom

Label: Nineteen-Eight Records
Released: 2012
Track listing: Bloom; Electric Images; Bumblebee Garden; Dance One; Opened Opened; Dragonfly's Glasses; Islands In The Stream; Skip.


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