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Joe La Barbera

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Joe La Barbera has performed all over the world with some of the finest names in jazz since his arrival on the scene. From his first professional appearance at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas with Frankie Randall and the Buddy Rich band in 1968 to his work with jazz great Bill Evans and up to the present, he has always been in demand by world class artists and has always been regarded by his peers as a tasteful, musical drummer and a supportive accompanist. Bill Evans summed it up best when he said: “Joe is very dedicated to playing quality music and he’s willing to make the concessions of dues toward that end

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World Travelers

Label: Sam First Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Blue Notes; Landmarks Along The Way; Lake Erie; Barcelona; You Know I Care; It's A Big Wide Wonderful World; Simone; Soultrane; Grand Central.

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Grooveyard

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Grooveyard; My New Summer Samba; For Iola; Thanks Hank; Tranesome; Choro Para Thiago; K’s Delight; Mandatory Blues; Sweetness; Keiko’s Birthday March.

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Article: Album Review

John La Barbera Big Band: Grooveyard

Read "Grooveyard" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Composer/arranger John La Barbera has been at the top of his game for more than half a century, and Grooveyard is simply another example of his undiminished artistry. Besides arranging everything--superbly, as always--La Barbera wrote six of the session's ten charming songs, escorting other treasures by Carl Perkins, Dave Brubeck, Curtis Fuller and Elvin Jones.

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Joe La Barbera: World Travelers

Read "World Travelers" reviewed by Dave Linn


Drummer Joe La Barbera has an extensive and impressive resume. At the age of 20, he played in the second drum chair for the Buddy Rich Big Band before driving the 1972 stellar lineup of Woody Herman's Thundering Herd. In 1978, he was offered the prestigious opportunity to be part of the acclaimed (and what turned ...

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Grooveyard

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 06:42

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The John La Barbera Big Band: Grooveyard

Read "Grooveyard" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


The geometry, if you will, of a terrific big band recording is such that the three major elements--the players, the arrangements, and the performance--balance in every regard. Grooveyard from the John La Barbera Big Band is such an offering. The album features ten masterfully selected, arranged, and performed selections, each containing outstanding section, solo, and ensemble ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Joe La Barbera

Jazz Musician of the Day: Joe La Barbera

All About Jazz is celebrating Joe La Barbera's birthday today! Joe La Barbera has performed all over the world with some of the finest names in jazz since his arrival on the scene. From his first professional appearance at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas with Frankie Randall and the Buddy Rich band in 1968 to ...

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Joe La Barbera Quintet: World Travelers

Read "World Travelers" reviewed by Jim Worsley


February is surely a bit early in the year to be talking about the best live recording released in 2023. Still, when you have your socks blown off, time of year is of little concern. Drumming icon Joe La Barbera is back, and in a big way. The pendulum has swung and La Barbera's Quintet was ...

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Inner Spirit

Label: Resonance Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Stella By Starlight; Laurie; Theme from MASH; Turn Out The Stars; I Do It For Your Love; My Romance; Letter To Evan; I Loves You, Porgy; Up With The Lark; Minha(All Mine); Someday My Prince Will Come; If You Could See Me Now; Nardis.


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