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You Must Believe In Spring

Label: Southport Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: You Must Believe In Spring; A Night in Tunisia; Joy Spring; A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing; A Sleepin' Bee; Manhattan; Heaven; Just You, Just Me; Midnight at the Starlight Haunted Ballroom; Estate; Devil May Care; Tis Autumn; Tristeza.

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A Night in Tunisia

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Label: Southport Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 03:58

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The Stan Kenton Orchestra / Trinity College: Concert Impressions

Read "Concert Impressions" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Here's another splendid two-disc anthology from Tantara Productions showcasing music from the capacious Stan Kenton library, performed on Disc 1 by the Kenton Orchestra circa 1972-76 and on Disc 2 by the Trinity College Big Band, Alumni Band and Symphony Orchestra in 2004 and 2007. Tantara has now released more than twenty albums, all devoted to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

The Rob Parton Big Band: Christmas Time Is Here

Label: JazzTech
Released: 2014
Track listing: Frosty the Snowman; Winter Wonderland; Christmas Time Is Here; The Christmas Song; The Little Drummer Boy; Deck the Halls; O Little Town of Bethlehem / Joy to the World; It’s a Marshmallow World; God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen; It Came Upon a Midnight Clear / Silent Night; River; Silent Night; When Love Came Down; Away in a Manger; Sleigh Ride; Warm and Fuzzy Time of the Year.

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The Rob Parton Big Band: Christmas Time Is Here

Read "The Rob Parton Big Band: Christmas Time Is Here" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The only plausible impetus for releasing an album of Christmas themes so close to the holiday itself is the inclusion of music that transcends the season and may be auditioned and appreciated throughout the year. Trombonist Chris McDonald accomplished that with his splendid album In the Mood for Christmas, and trumpeter Rob Parton has mirrored that ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Adam Rongo: Tell Your Story

Read "Tell Your Story" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Young saxophonist Adam Rongo introduces himself to a national audience on the appropriately-titled Tell Your Story, delivering a sparkling debut of straight ahead post-bop material featuring a seasoned cast of players superbly interpreting a selection of new and exciting cover tunes--all telling a musical story that is unfolding quite nicely. Originally from Essexville, Michigan, and coming ...

Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names

Read "Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As the countdown continues toward the last Big Band Report in June, the time has come to point fingers and name names--in other words, to compile a short list of contemporary jazz musicians who have risen above the norm to help make life more pleasurable for one devoted listener. These are, mind you, personal choices, and ...

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In Tune or Not in Tune... That Is the Question

Read "In Tune or Not in Tune... That Is the Question" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Suppose a month goes by, you have a column to publish, but nothing has happened that's worth writing about. What do you do then? Read on, as the question is about to be answered. A while back there was a discussion at a Stan Kenton web site (Kentonia) about musicians or groups of ...


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