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Rob Parton

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Long Way on a Blues

Label: Unt Jazz
Released: 2022
Track listing: What Is Happening Here (Now)?; The Touch of Your Lips; F.M.; Thou Swell; Autumn Nocturne; And Let There Be-Bop; Aunt Hagar’s Blues; La Luz en Ti (The Light Within You); Long Way on a Blues.

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UNT Two O'Clock Lab Band: Long Way on a Blues

Read "Long Way on a Blues" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The University of North Texas, generally recognized as home to one of the world's leading undergraduate Jazz Studies programs, is essentially set apart from others by the decisive proficiency of its various Lab Bands, led by the One O'Clock and Two O'Clock ensembles (there are half a dozen others). Each band has a large number of ...

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New Standard Jazz Orchestra: Waltz About Nothing

Read "Waltz About Nothing" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Since trumpeter Rob Parton's superlative JazzTech Big Band left the scene more than a decade ago, Chicagoans have been left to wonder when, or even if, another ensemble of that caliber would arrive to fill the void left by its departure. In 2020, their hopes were realized with the formation of the New Standard Jazz Orchestra, ...

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Lockdown

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Bread Crumbs; Summertime; Amazing Grace; Closet Monster; No Moon at All; A Stretch of the Truth; Over the Rainbow; We Got This on Lockdown; August Song.

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Joshua Jern Jazz Orchestra: Lockdown

Read "Lockdown" reviewed by Jack Bowers


After taking a pleasant and romantic Midnight Stroll in 2019, trumpeter/composer Joshua Jern's Chicago-based Jazz Orchestra (like almost everyone else) began a coronavirus-decreed Lockdown but has emerged two years later from that self-imposed hiatus swinging harder and more often than ever. As before, most compositions and all arrangements are by Jern; and as before, the orchestra ...

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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 ...

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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 ...


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