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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Accent: Christmas All the Way

Read "Christmas All the Way" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

A rhetorical question: what makes a great Christmas album? We know all or most of the chestnuts, both commercial and religious. The Drummer Boy flams, someone's dreaming white, and another will be home in their dreams. The annual marathon Yuletide programs rely heavily on the tried and true with an occasional novelty thrown in. Classical purists ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival "Big Band Spectacular" 2017, Part 1-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival "Big Band Spectacular" 2017, Part 1-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival Big Band Spectacular LAX Westin Hotel Los Angeles, CA May 24-28, 2017 Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Organised by Ken Poston, head of the Los Angeles Jazz Institute (LAJI), and advertised as the “Largest Big ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2015 Detroit Jazz Festival

Read "2015 Detroit Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Detroit Jazz Festival Hart Plaza Detroit, Michigan September 4-7, 2015 As the world's largest free jazz festival, Detroit's annual Labor Day offering provides a rewarding, but daunting task for anyone set to hunker down in the Motor City all Labor Day weekend. This year about 60 performances were in the offing ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Young Sounds of Arizona at Phoenix Center for the Arts

Read "The Young Sounds of Arizona at Phoenix Center for the Arts" reviewed by Patricia Myers

The Young Sounds of Arizona at Phoenix Center for the Arts Spring Concert Phoenix, Arizona March 5, 2015 The two youth jazz bands of Young Sounds of Arizona performed a satisfying concert of cohesive section work and talented soloists before a near-capacity audience that came to hear teenage musicians who attend ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2014: The Year in Jazz

Read "2014: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2014 turned out to be a year noteworthy for its numbers. Newport turned 60, Blue Note turned 75, International Jazz Day's third edition featured 900 events in more than 190 countries. The jazz world lost seven of its NEA Jazz Masters, and jny: New Orleans trumpeter Lionel Ferbos died at 103. Sad but not ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band: Act Your Age

Read "Act Your Age" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Band leader, composer and instrumentalist Gordon Goodwin takes his 18-piece Big Phat Band to another level, producing a rare CD/DVD set and garnishing a heap of praise from critics and the Grammy folks alike. Act Your Age is one heck of an album, having received three 2008 Grammy nominations for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, Best ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band: The Phat Pack

Read "The Phat Pack" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The suave and irrepressible Rat Pack, whose urbane image was shrewdly nurtured for so many years by Ol' Blue Eyes, meistersinger Frank Sinatra himself, is no longer with us. Luckily, we have as partial solace The Phat Pack, the convivial third recording by jack-of-all-trades Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band. Goodwin bows respectfully to his illustrious predecessors ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band: XXL

Read "XXL" reviewed by Russell Moon

We still have a few weeks before he hear Auld Lang Syne, but I'm going to vote early. I hold in my hands the Album of the Year. XXL is the Big Phat Band's second album. Its first, Swingin' For the Fences, was nominated for two Grammys two years ago. Composer/arranger Gordon Goodwin has won three ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band: Swingin' for the Fences

Read "Swingin' for the Fences" reviewed by Jack Bowers

To carry the baseball metaphor a step further, the hard–hitting Big Phat Band not only swings for the fences on skipper Gordon Goodwin’s dynamic new album, it slams almost every fastball or curve thrown its way well beyond the fence and out of the park. And even when the ensemble misses, it does so by no ...


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