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Article: Album Review

Stan Kenton Orchestra / BYU Synthesis Big Band: A Kenton Celebration

Read "A Kenton Celebration" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Fasten your seat belts, Kenton fans. Just when you feared the once-overflowing wellspring of material from the Stan Kenton Orchestra's archives may have run dry, along comes Tantara Productions with this jet-propelled and emphatically pleasurable two-disc set, the first half of which reclaims a long-lost concert date recorded in February 1959 at Brigham Young University, a ...

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Article: Interview

Don Glanden: Remembering Clifford Brown

Read "Don Glanden: Remembering Clifford Brown" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Benny Golson's timeless ballad, “I Remember Clifford" is but one measure of the reverence and love with which Clifford Brown was regarded by musicians, friends, family, and fans. The affection in which he was held during his lifetime was made all the more poignant by his untimely death at the peak of his rapidly advancing career. ...

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News: Obituary

Billy Root (1934-2013)

Billy Root (1934-2013)

Billy Root, a tenor and baritone saxophonist in several major big bands and small jazz groups in the 1950s and 1960s before he relocated to Las Vegas in 1968 just as the city was becoming a pop and rock entertainment capital, died July 30. He was 79. Billy was born in Philadelphia and his father was ...

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Article: Big Band Caravan

Stan Kenton-NOVA Jazz Orchestra / Baker's Dozen Big Band / Danny D'Imperio and the Bloviators

Read "Stan Kenton-NOVA Jazz Orchestra / Baker's Dozen Big Band / Danny D'Imperio and the Bloviators" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Stan Kenton Orchestra / NOVA Jazz OrchestraDouble Feature, Vol. 2Tantara Productions2012 One of the more difficult aspects of reviewing Tantara's series of impressive salutes to Stan Kenton and his music is knowing where to begin. As on Volume 1 of the label's Double Feature (with Volume 3 ...

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Article: Big Band Caravan

Stan Kenton Orchestra - DePaul University Jazz Ensemble / Captain Black Big Band / Washington State University

Read "Stan Kenton Orchestra - DePaul University Jazz Ensemble / Captain Black Big Band / Washington State University" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Stan Kenton Orchestra / DePaul University Jazz EnsembleDouble Feature, Vol. 1Tantara Productions2010 Some of us are old enough to remember double features, but they were in movie theatres, not concert halls or recording studios, and, as memory serves, were never quite as enchanting or memorable as this ...

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Article: Big Band Report

"A Swingin' Affair" Outshines Its Name

Read ""A Swingin' Affair" Outshines Its Name" reviewed by Jack Bowers


With an appreciative bow and genial tip of the hat to the late Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra, the Los Angeles Jazz Institute named its semi-annual big-band soiree May 21-24 at the Sheraton LAX Four Points Hotel “A Swingin' Affair." Was the event able to live up to its name? In the immortal words of ...

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Monday Night At Birdland + Life Is A Many Splendored Gig

Label: Roulette
Released: 1981
Track listing: Walkin'; All The Things You Are; Bag's Groove; There Will Never Be Another You; Blue Grass; Wolafunt´s Lament; Jack Spratt; Aluminum Baby; It´s Sandman; Our Delight; Theme For Terry; No One Will Room With Me; Feather Merchant; Bit Man; Less Talk;

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Another Monday Night At Birdland

Label: Roulette
Released: 1959
Track listing: It's You Or No One; Jamph; Nutville; Wee;

Album

Monday Night At Birdland

Label: Roulette
Released: 1959
Track listing: Walkin'; All The Things You Are; Bag's Groove; There Will Never Be Another You;


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