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Ken Partyka

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Another Time, Another Place

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: Go Down Gamblin’; The Guy in the Corner; Belle of the Ball; Another Time, Another Place; In Just Spring; Mr. Jones, I Presume; Theme for the Red Fence Girls.

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New Standard Jazz Orchestra: Waltz About Nothing

Read "Waltz About Nothing" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Since trumpeter Rob Parton's superlative JazzTech Big Band left the scene more than a decade ago, Chicagoans have been left to wonder when, or even if, another ensemble of that caliber would arrive to fill the void left by its departure. In 2020, their hopes were realized with the formation of the New Standard Jazz Orchestra, ...

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New Standard Quintet: Another Time, Another Place

Read "Another Time, Another Place" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Another Time, Another Place is a well-drawn album by Chicago's New Standard Quintet whose seven original compositions may please the ears but seldom inflame the senses. The music is good—and often better than that—without prompting a listener to reach for the replay button. Of course, that could be the listener's fault, as there is nothing here ...

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Waltz About Nothing

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Metamorphosis; Spring and Fall; Waltz About Nothing; This One’s for Sturm; Star Crossed Lovers; Samba for Someone; Lexicon; Bu’s Groove; Close to You; Sedentary Motion; Milestones.

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New Standard Jazz Orchestra: Waltz About Nothing

Read "Waltz About Nothing" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Any orchestra that professes to establish a new standard had better be able to back that up. Happily for the listener, on its debut recording, Waltz About Nothing, Chicago's New Standard Jazz Orchestra can--and does. In a little more than two years, the NSJO has arisen as a worthy successor to one of the more exemplary ...


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