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Eddie Sauter

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Edward Ernest Sauter was a composer and arranger during the swing era. Sauter studied music at Columbia University and the Juilliard School. He began as a drummer and then played trumpet professionally, including with Red Norvo's orchestra. Eventually he became a full-time arranger for Norvo. He arranged and composed for Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, and especially Benny Goodman, earning a reputation for intricate work such as "Benny Rides Again," "Moonlight on the Ganges," and "Clarinet a la King". From 1952 to 1958, Sauter was co-leader of the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra. Between 1957 and 1959, he was Kurt Edelhagen's successor as leader of the SWF orchestra in Baden-Baden, Germany

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Joe Henderson, Bill Evans, Jim Hall: Buried Treasure from Germany's MPS Label

Read "Joe Henderson, Bill Evans, Jim Hall: Buried Treasure from Germany's MPS Label" reviewed by Chris May


Between its founding in 1968 and sale in 1983, the original incarnation of the recently revived German label MPS—the initials stand for Musik Produktion Schwarzwald (Music Production Black Forest)—notched up around five hundred releases. Some were recorded in the US by American musicians, many more were recorded in Europe and featured bands made up of European ...

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Article: Album Review

Daniel Casimir: Boxed In

Read "Boxed In" reviewed by Chris May


Because of the supporting-cast role generally assigned to his instrument, bassist Daniel Casimir is not a household name in British jazz. But among musicians on the alternative London scene, and aficionados of it, he is highly regarded. Casimir is, for example, the bassist on all of tenor saxophonist Nubya Garcia's recorded output to date. Garcia returns ...

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Article: Album Review

Jim Snidero: Strings

Read "Strings" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


The initial recording of Jim Snidero's Strings ran into a roadblock. The session was scheduled at System Two Studios in Brooklyn, New York, on September 11th 2001. That was the date the world changed, with airplanes flying into buildings in New York City. Strings was postponed. The music eventually came together in October and ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Eddie Sauter: A Wider Focus

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For many people, composer and arranger Eddie Sauter's reputation begins and ends with Stan Getz's Focus (Verve, 1962). The album is, indeed, a masterpiece. But it is only one of the pinnacles of Sauter's career, which started during the swing era. Nor is Focus Sauter's only collaboration with Getz. The partnership continued with the less widely ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Saxophone Colossi: An Alternative Top Ten Banging Albums

Read "Saxophone  Colossi: An Alternative Top Ten Banging Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Miles Davis once said you could tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker. You might want to add John Coltrane, you might even want to add Davis. But however you cut it, saxophones and trumpets have been the flag bearers of the music. Trumpets got things rolling and saxophones came into ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Two From Sharon Isbin on Zoho Music

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Sharon Isbin is well established as one of the world's great classical guitarists. These two new releases show the range of her talents as she explores various other genres such as jazz and Indian classical music. Sharon Isbin Affinity Zoho Music 2020 The jazz element figures into ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Jazz & Film: An Alternative Top 20 Soundtrack Albums

Read "Jazz & Film: An Alternative Top 20 Soundtrack Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Jazz and the movies have a shared history stretching back almost a hundred years. The relationship came into its own in the US in the mid twentieth century. Elia Kazan's 1950 movie Panic In The Streets is an early example of how film makers used jazz-based soundtracks to enhance drama and atmosphere and create ambiances of ...

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Article: Live Review

Bob Brookmeyer Celebration at New England Conservatory

Read "Bob Brookmeyer Celebration at New England Conservatory" reviewed by S.G Provizer


NEC Jazz Orchestra Jordan Hall Bob Brookmeyer Celebration Boston, MA March 1, 2018 All of the composer-arrangers featured at the Bob Brookmeyer Celebration concert had been mentored, to some degree or other, by Bob Brookmeyer. Listening to what each of his former students said during the program and ...

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Article: Album Review

Alan Skidmore: After The Rain

Read "After The Rain" reviewed by Duncan Heining


In 1998, with After The Rain British saxophonist Alan Skidmore got to achieve a lifetime ambition to record this beautiful 'jazz with strings' album. Out of print for some time, its reissue is well overdue. It was once a cliché in the jazz world amongst critics that records such as this represented a descent into the ...


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