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Article: Building a Jazz Library

From George Coleman to Meeco: Ten Overlooked Classics

Read "From George Coleman to Meeco: Ten Overlooked Classics" reviewed by Chris May


The only thread running through this installment of Building A Jazz Library is that of unsung quality. No particular artist is spotlighted, nor any particular genre. There are simply ten, randomly selected albums, recorded in the US and Europe between 1953 and 2021, which show jazz off at its finest, but which, for one reason or ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Mark Murphy: An Essential Top Ten Albums

Read "Mark Murphy: An Essential Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Peter Jones


Revered by jazz singers the world over, Mark Murphy is barely known to the general public--which is curious, since he enjoyed a recording career that lasted more than half a century, made 48 albums in his lifetime, and played thousands of gigs with hundreds of musicians from Norway to Australia. A notoriously mercurial and secretive character, ...

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All Smiles

Label: MPS Music
Released: 2017
Track listing: Let's Face the Music and Dance; I'm All Smiles; You Stepped Out of a Dream; I'm Glad There Is You; Get Out of Town; By Strauss; When Your Lover Has Gone; Gloria's Theme; Sweet & Lovely; High School Cadets.

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Article: Album Review

Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band: All Smiles

Read "All Smiles" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band has historically been regarded as the best ensemble of its type based outside the US, and All Smiles is generally regarded as one of their finest recordings. You'll understand why with just a few listens. Belgian pianist and arranger Francy Boland began making music with American expatriate Kenny ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Groovin’ Hard In Every Style

Read "Groovin’ Hard In Every Style" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Big Mean Sound Machine Runnin' for the Ghost Peace & Rhythm | Blank Slate Records 2017 On Runnin' for the Ghost, Big Mean Sound Machine sounds intent on obliterating every imaginable musical border: the lines between regional or geographic styles, the divide between acoustic and electronic instruments, the ...

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Handle With Care

Label: KOCH International Jazz
Released: 2002
Track listing: Long Note Blues (Here Is Cecco Beppe); Get Out of Town; Sonor; Speedy Reeds; Old Stuff; Om Mani Padme Hum

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Our Kinda Strauss

Label: Rearward
Released: 2002
Track listing: Fruelingsstimmen; By Strauss; Kaiserwalzer; Rosenkavalier; Wives and Lovers; Lotus; My Favourite Things; Nights in Warsaw; Lobsang; Greensleeves; Peter's Waltz; Cara Fea; Night Lady; Just Give Me Time; Schoen ist die Welt; Keep on Keeping On

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Article: Album Review

Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band: Change of Scenes

Read "Change of Scenes" reviewed by William Grim


This amazing album was the last recording by the Clarke-Boland Big Band and features six original compositions by Francy Boland with Stan Getz as featured soloist. The album was originally released only in Europe and its current CD re-release is now out of print, which is regrettable because it features some of the finest big band ...

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Article: Album Review

Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band: Handle With Care

Read "Handle With Care" reviewed by William Grim


There were two big bands that came out of the 1960s that were co-led by drummers and arrangers. One was the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra and the other was the Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band. A good case can be made for the assertion that Clarke and Lewis were the two best big band drummers of ...


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