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Larry Koonse

Biography Born into a musical family, Larry has been playing the guitar since he was seven years old. In his early years he studied with legendary guitar master Jimmy Wyble, and at the age of fifteen he recorded an album with his father, guitarist Dave Koonse, entitled Dave and Larry Koonse; father and son jazz guitars. In 1984, Larry was the first recipient of a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California. Immediately after graduating from USC Larry toured extensively for six years as a member of the John Dankworth quartet, traveling all across the globe and backing up Cleo Laine

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Isn't It Romantic

Label: Arden House Music
Released: 2023
Track listing: It Could Happen To You; I Remember You; Sunday In New York; You Go To My Head; The Nearness Of You; The Birth Of The Blues; Speak Low; Isn't It Romantic; In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning; But Beautiful; Just Little Loving'; Hallelujah I Love Him So.

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Full Circle

Label: Cafe Pacific Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Everybody’s Gotta Be Somewhere; Celebration; Why Should I Wake Up; The Surrey with the Fringe on Top; Happy Talk; Soon It’s Gonna Rain; Sorry-Grateful; You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught; Love, I Hear; I’m Glad to See You’ve Got What You Want; Far From the Home I Love; Celebration (extended version).

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Article: Album Review

Dave Slonaker Big Band: Convergency

Read "Convergency" reviewed by Jack Bowers


While big-band albums generally differ, sometimes widely, in tone and temperament, there are definitive criteria by which every one may be evaluated--arrangements, performers, sound quality, sequencing and, above all, the elusive but imperative swing quotient. Dave Slonaker checks all those boxes and more on Convergency, a superlative successor to his excellent Grammy-nominated debut album, Intrada, released ...

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Article: Album Review

The Rodger Fox Big Band: Reimagined! The Roger Fox big Band Plays Sir Dave Dobbyn

Read "Reimagined! The Roger Fox big Band Plays Sir Dave Dobbyn" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On Reimagined!, New Zealander Rodger Fox's superlative big band takes a fresh look at the music of Sir Dave Dobbyn, one of that country's most honored and beloved musicians. Although Dobbyn has spent his celebrated career in the fields of pop and rock, his evocative compositions lend themselves well to light and swinging interpretations by Fox's ...

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Article: Album Review

Gary Brumburgh: Full Circle

Read "Full Circle" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Gary Brumburgh is living proof that a talented singer can sustain a respectable career in music without becoming a “star." Even though he's not a household name—or anywhere near it—Brumburgh performed in musical productions from dinner theatres to summer stock, concert stages to casinos for more than two decades before changing direction in 2003 to focus ...

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Back to the Garden

Label: Jewel City Jazz
Released: 2021
Track listing: Get Together; Up on the Roof; American Tune; Big Yellow Taxi; The Times They Are A- Changin'; Since You Asked; For What It's Worth; Everybody's Talkin'; Forever Young; Who Knows Where the Time Goes.

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Live At Bluewhale, Volume 1

Label: Steel Bird Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Double Helix; Our Electromagnetic Hearts; Peter Sellers; Oumuamua; Bluewhale Dives Deep.

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The Pyramid Factor

Label: Blue Canoe Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Jacket Statement; Sticks Out; Tony’s Temple; Gong’s Market; Blind, Down In It; Future Artist; Nine Steps; The Odd Temple; Blur; Art Room; Wee Pop

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Article: Album Review

David Friesen: Day Of Rest

Read "Day Of Rest" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Boasting a forty-year career in music, bassist & composer David Friesen found a home at Origin Records in 2014, with his Where The Light Falls, featuring his Circle 3 Trio and guest guitarist Larry Koonse. He has, in the ensuing years, created his finest art for the label, mostly in small groups--duos and trios, and also ...


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