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Swing Out!

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: Downhill; In a Mellow Tone; Dinah; Do You Know What It Means; St. Louis Blues; That’s All; Big Apple Contest; My Baby Just Cares for Me; Going Uptown; 5-10-15 Hours; Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen; I’m on My Way to Canaan Land.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Eyal Vilner Big Band: Swing Out!

Read "Swing Out!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Eyal Vilner's fourth album as leader of his impressive New York-based big band is a throwback to the kind of concert dates audiences no doubt derived great pleasure from during the storied Big-Band Era well over half a century ago when groups not far removed from this one in spirit traveled cross-country by bus, car or ...

Caetano Veloso, James Carter, Hamza Akram, Eyal Vilner and David Grollman

Read "Caetano Veloso, James Carter, Hamza Akram, Eyal Vilner and David Grollman" reviewed by Martin Longley

Caetano Veloso Brooklyn Academy Of Music April 12, 2019 Always essential for the local Brazilian community, but also far beyond, into the general music enthusiast zone, singer and songwriter Caetano Veloso made one of his occasional visits to NYC, presenting the Ofertório show. Essentially, this involved his three musical sons, ...

Hanukkah

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2017
Track listing: Prelude; Maoz Tzur; Sevivon; Oh Hanukkah!; Mi Yemalel.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Eyal Vilner Big Band: Hanukkah

Read "Hanukkah" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although a goodly number of seasonal big-band albums have passed through these portals over the years, this is the first one to our recollection devoted to Hanukkah, the eight-day-long festival of lights that commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the time of a successful Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Empire. As leader ...

Almost Sunrise

Label: Gut String Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: The Rabbit; Stablemates; It Don’t Mean a Thing; Lush Life; It Be Feeling Like the Blues; Straighten Up and Fly Right; The Gypsy; The District of the Blues; It’s All Right with Me; Centerpiece; Tee Pee Time; Almost Sunrise; Centerpiece (bonus track).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Eyal Vilner Big Band: Almost Sunrise

Read "Almost Sunrise" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Suddenly, it seems, the state of Israel has become a focal point and incubator for contemporary jazz. A new wave of world-class musicians led by the three Cohens (not to be confused with Broadway's three Cohans) has crossed the ocean to plant the Israeli flag firmly in the midst of what was once considered an unassailable ...

Introducing The Eyal Vilner Big Band

Label: Gut String Records
Released: 2012
Track listing: Woody'N You; Your Eyes; Tonk; Isn't This a Lovely Day; Un Poco Loco; The Nearness of You; New One; Night Flight; Remember; Epilogue.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Eyal Vilner Big Band: Introducing The Eyal Vilner Big Band

Read "Introducing The Eyal Vilner Big Band" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Most contemporary big band music is either of the heavily arranged, progressive jazz variety or the light-swing, Glenn Miller orchestral type played mainly for the benefit of nostalgic dancers. It is therefore refreshing to hear an ensemble that embraces the exuberance of mid-20th Century large groups and simultaneously delivers a bop-ish and elaborate sound.


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