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Mike Barone Big Band: Brazil

Read "Brazil" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Brazil doesn't signify that the venerable California-based composer / arranger Mike Barone has gone Latin; it simply means that “Brazil" is the opening number and the name Barone chose for the latest in his long-running series of remarkable big-band albums. No matter, as a Barone recording by any other name would be every inch as inspired ...

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Mike Barone Big Band: La Fiesta

Read "La Fiesta" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Mike Barone has been writing outstanding big-band arrangements for more than half a century. After listening to La Fiesta, Barone's ninth album as leader of the Los Angeles-based Mike Barone Big Band (counting Live at Donte's, recorded back in 1968), the logical question arises: does Barone ever run short of resourceful ideas? To which the obvious ...

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Mike Barone Big Band: Flight Of The Bumblebee

Read "Flight Of The Bumblebee" reviewed by Paul J. Youngman

Big band leader, composer, arranger and trombonist Mike Barone notes, on the jacket of Flight Of The Bumblebee, that “Rimsky-Korsakov is turning over in his grave as we speak, or maybe he isn't." One thing is for sure, the energy level of this band is enough to raise the dead. The band is flying high on ...

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Mike Barone Big Band: Flight of the Bumblebee

Read "Flight of the Bumblebee" reviewed by Robert J. Robbins

For a quarter-century, Mike Barone provided arrangements for Doc Severinsen's NBC-TV <em>Tonight Show</em> Band, but these were seldom heard by anyone except the studio audiences for the actual telecasts (although excerpts were audible to viewers as intros and exits from commercial breaks). Since the band's dissolution more than fifteen years ago, however, Barone has been recording ...

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Mike Barone Big Band: By Request

Read "By Request" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As there is scarcely a clue anywhere on By Request as to who may have asked for these songs, it's fun to presume (whether true or not) that the album's title denotes bandleader Mike Barone's tongue-in-cheek response to those bemused inebriates who, legend has it, sometimes stagger up to bandstands shouting, “Play 'Melancholy Baby'! Indeed, “My ...

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Mike Barone Big Band: Metropole

Read "Metropole" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In 1968, composer/arranger/trombonist Mike Barone recorded a hair-raising big-band album, Live at Donte's, then paused for 37 years before producing its spectacular sequel, Live 2005! Now, hard on the heels of that admirable endeavor, comes another masterwork from Barone, Metropole, recorded live last March at LA Valley College in Valley Glen, California. To be fair, Barone ...


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