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Modern Big Bands: Christian McBride, Marshal Gilkes, Gerald Wilson, Brian Lynch and More

Read "Modern Big Bands: Christian McBride, Marshal Gilkes, Gerald Wilson, Brian Lynch and More" reviewed by Russell Perry


Since the early days of jazz, composers, arrangers, and players have sought out large ensembles for their potential for rich expression and vibrant musical color. Even in the heyday of small-group dominated bebop, Dizzy Gillespie formed a big band as soon as he could. To this day, while few bands can hold together as touring units, ...

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The Falling Dream

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: 1. The Captain 6:51 2. Gualala 7:50 3. Señor Carlos 6:38 4. November 11:03 5. The Falling Dream 6:46 6. St. Paul 6:07 7. Bossa Novato 4:32 8. Wicked 7:05 9. A.N.I.F 5:36 10. Jungle Rumble 11:18

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Article: Album Review

Electric Squeezebox Orchestra: The Falling Dream

Read "The Falling Dream" reviewed by Jack Bowers


No, the San Francisco-based Electric Squeezebox Orchestra does not come with accordions attached. It does, however, come with a well-developed eye for harmony and rhythm, an inflexible group dynamic and a number of perceptive soloists, all of which serve to make the ensemble's second album, The Falling Dream, a pleasure to hear. The ...

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Gualala

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Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2018
Duration: 7:50

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Article: Album Review

Electric Squeezebox Orchestra: Cheap Rent

Read "Cheap Rent" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Yes, the name is intriguing--but what should one expect musically from the San Francisco-based Electric Squeezebox Orchestra? Bits and pieces of a number of disparate elements, really, from straight-ahead contemporary motifs to shuffle beats and old-line swing, from down-home New Orleans rhythms to throwback grooves from the '70s and even a seductive ballad. What matters most ...


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