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Cory Weeds: Home Cookin'

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On Home Cookin', his second recording with an eleven-piece “little big band," tenor saxophonist Cory Weeds is doing the best he can. Really. As Weeds writes in the liner notes, the plan was to rehearse the band for two nights at Frankie's Jazz Club in Vancouver, Canada, home to Weeds and most of the band's personnel, ...

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Saskatchewan Suite

Label: Chronograph Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: The Place; The First; The Newcomers; The In-Between; September 1905; Saskatchesport; Thank You, Mr. Douglas; Saskatchejazz

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The Saskatchewan All Star Big Band: Saskatchewan Suite

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On Saskatchewan Suite, composer/arranger Fred Stride and the twenty-member Saskatchewan All Star Big Band have combined to paint a luminous and colorful portrait of that western Canadian province, canvassing 150 years of its history in eight picturesque movements that describe in musical terms the land itself, its indigenous peoples, newcomers from Europe and elsewhere, its recognition ...

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September 1905

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Label: Chronograph Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 04:58

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Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra: Suite 150 / A Big Band Portrait

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To commemorate Canada's one hundred-fiftieth anniversary in 2017, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra commissioned eleven of the country's foremost jazz composers to write music “reflecting some aspect of Canada or being Canadian." The resulting Suite 150 was performed for appreciative audiences and recorded for posterity in November 2017 and March 2018 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

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Joe Syrian's Motor City Jazz Octet: Sanctuary

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The Motor City Jazz Octet numbers in its ranks thirty or more of the Detroit metropolitan area's most accomplished musicians, eight of whom actually perform together at any given moment. Because of that, and some other quirks, the octet's debut album, Sanctuary, is in some respects a study in confusion. A press release accompanying the album, ...

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Forward Motion

Label: Cellar Live
Released: 2007
Track listing: Opposition Party; Gently Swaying; Flotation Device; A Few Shades Darker; Oddly Enough; Machina: A Concert for Jazz Orchestra: Input-Process; Colossus; Sound; Velocity (79:28).

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Fred Stride Jazz Orchestra: Forward Motion

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It takes a lot of self-confidence, not to mention talent, to compose a four-part Concerto for Jazz Orchestra that strives to paint a musical picture of certain kinds of machinery, but that is what Fred Stride has ventured to do on Forward Motion, the second half of which is devoted to Machina, a four-part suite commissioned ...


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