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Jack Cooper

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Jack Cooper is an American jazz composer, arranger, orchestrator, multireedist, and music educator. Most notably he has written music for well-known and Grammy winning pop, jazz, and classical artists to include Aaron Neville, Joyce Cobb, Donald Brown, Alexis Cole, Tony Campise, Bobby Shew, Christian McBride, the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors, the Dallas Wind Symphony, and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. His catalogue of music is extensive ranging from jazz through contemporary classical; he has worked for Columbia Pictures Publishing, Warner Brothers, and Alfred Music as a staff arranger since 1993

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Article: Album Review

Bernie Dresel: The Pugilist

Read "The Pugilist" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Jack Bowers, All About Jazz's large ensemble authority, previously considered this entire recording, The Pugilist, remarking that ..."if swing is your thing, you've come to the right place, as that is what Dresel and his elite group of sun-baked sidemen (and two women) do best and most often." One of the elements that ensures “swing" is ...

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

January 2022: While We Were Gone

Read "January 2022: While We Were Gone" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Cecilia Bartoli Unreleased Decca Records 2021 A pandemic-age benefit is the marketing of unreleased past projects. Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli's Unreleased is such a project, having been recorded in 2013 and subsequently shelved. The program emanates from the center of the Classical period, well presented by Kammerorchester Basel under conductor Muhai ...

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The BBB Featuring Bernie Dresel: The Pugilist

Read "The Pugilist" reviewed by Jack Bowers


No, drummer Bernie Dresel hasn't taken a day gig at the Los Angeles-area Better Business Bureau; the BBB in front of his name stands for Bernie's Big Band or Bernin' Big Band or Bernie's Bernin' Band or something like that. It's really hard to say, as the band's full name isn't spelled out anywhere, even on ...

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Tributaries

Label: Astral Spirits
Released: 2021
Track listing: Wicken; Debden.

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Jack Cooper & Jeff Tobias: Tributaries

Read "Tributaries" reviewed by Gareth Thompson


The Greek philosopher Heraclitus claimed that “No one ever steps in the same river twice," as everything is in flux and constantly changing. By the same logic we might say that no jazz musician ever plays the same piece twice. Now consider the album Tributaries, a river-inspired work created by Jack Cooper (guitar) and Jeff Tobias ...

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Origin Suite

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: 1 LA JUNGLA 3:52 2 NATIVITÉ 3:21 3 AL FINAL DE LA NOCHE 3:39 4 THROUGH THE MIST 5:10 M. Waldrop 5 SHEATH AND SWORD 5:55 Jack Cooper 6 IVANA 5:41 M. Waldrop (arr. Cooper) 7 MOUZON 6:58 Jimi Tunnell 8 DOO DAT TANG 5:45 M. Waldrop (arr. Stockton) 9 BELGRADE 7:19 M. Waldrop (arr. Cooper) 10 VASCONCELOS 5:54 M. Waldrop 11 DOPPLER EFFECT 6:13 Gerald Stockton 12 STILL LIFE 7:05 M. Waldrop

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Michael Waldrop: Origin Suite

Read "Origin Suite" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Drummer / vibraphonist Michael Waldrop's intriguing Origin Suite (deftly arranged by Jack Cooper) sweeps away musical boundaries to make its points, one of which is that big-band jazz needn't be ensnared in a time warp but is capable of changing with the times to engender songs that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are thematically stylish. ...

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Michael Waldrop: Origin Suite

Read "Origin Suite" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Percussionist and big band leader Michael Waldrop has had a very successful relationship with composer Dr. Jack Cooper, late of the University of Memphis, Berlin, and parts unknown. Waldrop attended the University of Memphis for his master's degree (helming Cooper's Jazz Orchestra of the Delta) before completing his doctorate at the University of North Texas. Their ...

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

The Big Beat: Edwin G. Hamilton, Scott Neumann, Donald Edwards, Arthur Vint, Rob Garcia, Jeremy Warren

Read "The Big Beat: Edwin G. Hamilton, Scott Neumann, Donald Edwards, Arthur Vint, Rob Garcia, Jeremy Warren" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


This is a spotlight on drums...a pretty big spotlight. Edwin G. Hamilton The Whole World Must Change Self Produced2016 It's hard enough to find a drummer, much less one who sings. There is Les DeMerle, and he is fine, but, the drummer/singer is a pretty hard chair to fill, ...


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