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Label: MAMA Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Knife’s Edge; …And Your Point Is?; Of Mystery and Beauty; This Love of Mine; Fall Calls; Arabian Nights; A Ridge Away; Canoe.


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Knife's Edge

Label: MAMA Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 6:04


Article: Album Review

Chuck Owen: Renderings

Read "Renderings" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Renderings by Chuck Owen and The WDR Big Band is a remarkable jazz album that showcases the artist's mastery as a composer, arranger and bandleader. This release stands as a testament to Owen's innovative approach to jazz music blending traditional elements with modern influences to create a unique and captivating sonic experience. ...


Article: Album Review

Chuck Owen and the WDR Big Band: Renderings

Read "Renderings" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Anyone who uses YouTube to search for contemporary jazz must surely be familiar with Germany's blue-ribbon WDR Big Band, as it is abundantly represented at the site. Bearing that in mind, it may come as no surprise to those seekers (and others) that the WDR's latest recording, on which it is paired with the esteemed Florida-based ...

News: Recording

Chuck Owen: Renderings

Chuck Owen: Renderings

Chuck Owen may be unfamiliar to you but you'll thank me for bringing you up to speed on him. Chuck is a composer-arranger who has just released an album featuring him conducting the WDR Big Band playing his original compositions and arrangements. The WDR Big Band is one of the world's finest jazz orchestras, and this ...


Social Hour

Label: MAMA Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Social Hour; Brisket and Beans; El Chupacabra; Countin' Freckles; The Clearing; Blues From the News; Freaks in Mayberry; Devil's Punchbowl; Small Town, Big Band; Let There Be Light; When You Wish Upon a Star; Every Possible History of the Universe.


Article: Album Review

Sean Nelson's New London Big Band: Social Hour

Read "Social Hour" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

"For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to have my own big band--an epic jazz orchestra of 17+ musicians," writes trombonist Sean Nelson in the liner notes to this set named for the 17-piece New London Big Band's home base, The Social Bar + Kitchen in New London, Connecticut. Nelson, also a ...


Article: From the Inside Out

Freaks in Mayberry & the Boney Oscar Stomp

Read "Freaks in Mayberry & the Boney Oscar Stomp" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Giuseppe Paradiso & Meridian 71 Parallel Dimensions Ubuntu Music 2022 Parallel Dimensions steers the listener's imagination through a luxurious multicultural tapestry woven in music by drummer, vocalist, composer, arranger and producer Giuseppe Paradiso and his sextet. It explores broad musical horizons that can sound radiantly bright ...


Within Us

Label: MAMA Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Chelsea Shuffle; Trail of the Ancients; American Noir; Milestones; Apalachicola; Sparks Fly; The Better Claim; Within Us (An Invincible Summer).


Article: Multiple Reviews

The Persistence of Big Bands

Read "The Persistence of Big Bands" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It's faintly amazing to be able to talk at all about big-band recordings--plural--emerging during an ongoing pandemic with no end in sight. Nonetheless it's a milieu that still enjoys plenty of devotion, and musicians (especially jazz players) are no strangers to realizing ideas that seem practically impossible. Here we have scores of them willing to keep ...


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