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The Gil Evans Orchestra: Hidden Treasures Vol. 1, Monday Nights

Read "Hidden Treasures Vol. 1, Monday Nights" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

In the '70s composer and arranger Gil Evans, after years of outstanding studio arranging for Miles Davis and others, put together a performing orchestra which took influences from the jazz-rock and fusion concepts of the time. That orchestra released several fine albums such as Svengali (Atlantic, 1973) and There Comes A Time (RCA, 1975) and, on ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Gil Evans Orchestra: Hidden Treasures - Monday Night Sessions, vol 1

Read "Hidden Treasures - Monday Night Sessions, vol 1" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even though the name Gil Evans has a hallowed ring these days, the late composer / arranger's music remains for many aficionados an acquired taste. On the other hand, while that is the Gil Evans Orchestra performing on Hidden Treasures, Volume 1, the lion's share of the music brought to light isn't his--Evans wrote only two ...

George Bouchard: Listen To Your Dreams

Read "George Bouchard: Listen To Your Dreams" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Saxophonist George Bouchard was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. Bouchard completed a degree in Economics at the University of Buffalo and then joined the Navy where he was a musician in the service for the next four years. During this time, Bouchard completed the Berklee School of Music correspondence course in arranging. After the ...

Pop-Culture Blues

Read "Pop-Culture Blues" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The blues, as it turns out, has many shades; an enduring art form that has been an integral part of the language of jazz since its beginning (if not before). Some aspects of the blues are readily perceived, others not so much. “The common thread," Michael Treni writes in his astute liner notes to Pop-Culture Blues, ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Kris Berg & the Metroplexity Big Band / Michael Treni Big Band / Millennium Jazz Orchestra

Read "Kris Berg & the Metroplexity Big Band / Michael Treni Big Band / Millennium Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Kris Berg & the Metroplexity Big BandThis Time / Last YearMAMA Records2012 Until now, bassist / educator Kris Berg, who oversees the Jazz Studies program at Collin College near Dallas, TX, has been widely known and respected as someone who writes and arranges songs for others to play. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bandleader Michael Treni Continues His Resurgence With "Boys Night Out," A Powerhouse Session Showcasing His 16-piece Orchestra With Jerry Bergonzi

Bandleader Michael Treni Continues His Resurgence With "Boys Night Out," A Powerhouse Session Showcasing His 16-piece Orchestra With Jerry Bergonzi

A boys’ night out is usually dedicated to the avid pursuit of instant gratification, but in the case of trombonist Michael Treni, this convivial music hang was a long time coming. His fourth release since rededicating himself to music after a successful career in business, Boys Night Out features Treni’s talent-laden 16-piece orchestra. It’s the work ...

Fred Hess Big Band / Timucua Jazz Orchestra / Michael Treni

Read "Fred Hess Big Band / Timucua Jazz Orchestra / Michael Treni" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Fred Hess Big Band Hold On Dazzle Records 2010 When listening to Hold On, composer / arranger / saxophonist Fred Hess' fourteenth album as leader but first in front of a big band, one question immediately arises: What took him so long? As it turns out, recording his ...

Strange Energies

Label: Caligola Records
Released: 2009
Track listing: 1. Strange Energies (R. Antonacci/P. Villani) - 6:03; 2. For Herbie (M. Contardi) - 8:43; 3. Playing in Springtime (B. Luise) - 6:52; 4. Without Respect (R. Antonacci/P. Villani) - 4:13; 5. Dreams of Freedom (G. Renzi) - 6:34; 6. Am I Serious? (G. Renzi) - Anna & Sevy (G. Renzi) - 4:20; 8. 5/16 (C. Blenzig).

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Steve Blanco

Read "Take Five With Steve Blanco" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Steve Blanco:I play piano, compose, make films, write scripts and do odd jobs for dough ($$).Instrument(s):Piano, drums.Teachers and/or influences?There are too many to list.Two piano teachers that I feel I learned from would be George Mancini, Charles Blenzig and Jean-Michel Pilc. ...


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