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ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Stars on the Horizon

Read "Stars on the Horizon" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even before Groovin' Hard, the Los Angeles Jazz Institute's latest foray into the world of contemporary jazz, kicked off its four-day run (October 11-14) at the Marriott LAX Hotel, a letter arrived from LAJI director Ken Poston announcing details of next May's extravaganza, also at the Marriott. The theme is Big Band Spectacular, and the bands ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Westchester Jazz Orchestra: Maiden Voyage Suite

Read "Maiden Voyage Suite" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Imagine a painter, sculptor or writer attempting to recreate a masterpiece done by a Picasso, Michelangelo or Shakespeare. The task redefines challenge and chutzpah. While jazz recreations are more common than those in other arts--Clark Terry and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra's marvelous revisit (Americana Music, 2004) of the Miles Davis/Gil Evans' Porgy and Bess (Columbia, 1958), ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ron Carter's Great Big Band: Ron Carter's Great Big Band

Read "Ron Carter's Great Big Band" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

There is practically nothing that Ron Carter has not done, including actually playing second bass fiddle to Charles Mingus on Three Or Four Shades Of Blue, (Atlantic, 1977). Ever since the world shone a spotlight on the bassist when he graced the great quintet of Miles Davis, with Tony Williams, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, Carter ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Skelton Skinner All Stars / Clare Fischer Big Band / Ron Carter's Great Big Band

Read "Skelton Skinner All Stars / Clare Fischer Big Band / Ron Carter's Great Big Band" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Skelton Skinner Allstars Big BandCookin' with the Lid OnDiving Duck Records2012 Back in the late 1950s, vibraphonist Terry Gibbs (with some help from his friends) put together an ensemble that became known as the Terry Gibbs Dream Band, took up residence in Hollywood and began blowing audiences ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Westchester Jazz Orchestra / Sandvika Storband / Band of Bones

Read "Westchester Jazz Orchestra / Sandvika Storband / Band of Bones" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Westchester Jazz OrchestraMaiden Voyage Suite WJO2010 The heavy-hitting Westchester Jazz Orchestra, one of whose ambitions under artistic director Mike Holober is to broaden its musical horizons, devotes its second album to renovating for a sixteen-member ensemble the music of pianist Herbie Hancock's classic recording Maiden Voyage (Blue Note, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Westchester Jazz Orchestra: Maiden Voyage Suite

Read "Maiden Voyage Suite" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Maiden Voyage (Blue Note, 1965) was a classic quintet recording from pianist Herbie Hancock, a concept album with the sea as the theme. With a clear view in hindsight, The Westchester Jazz Orchestra's re-imagination of that timeless music with Maiden Voyage Suite seems a natural. The sound of the original had oceanic ebb and flow, from ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

DIVA Jazz Orchestra / Paul Read Orchestra / Andy Farber and His Orchestra

Read "DIVA Jazz Orchestra / Paul Read Orchestra / Andy Farber and His Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers

DIVA Jazz OrchestraJohnny Mandel: The Man and His MusicArbors Jazz2010 Note to NARAS members: please do not cast your vote for Best Big Band Album of 2011 without first having listened to Johnny Mandel: The Man and His Music, recorded in concert at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in Manhattan ...

Accurate Records: Growing Out of Boston

Read "Accurate Records: Growing Out of Boston" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

In the age of globalization, when almost every musician churns out his or her own record digitally, the boundary between being a one-man business and a record company is porous. However, while many of the new labels remain dedicated to a small circle of artists, there is also the more rarified example of the musician-based label ...

Seven Point Perspective

Label: Sunnyside
Released: 1991


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