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Such Sweet Thunder

Label: Shade Street Music
Released: 2015
Track listing: Pannonica; Isfahan; Little Sparrow; Ugly Beauty; Prelude to a Kiss; Rockin’ in Rhythm; Four in One; He’s Gone Away.

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Vance Thompson's Five Plus Six: Such Sweet Thunder

Read "Such Sweet Thunder" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


La ricca didattica orchestrale delle università statunitensi continua a dare i suoi frutti, facendo nascere organici che non hanno molto da invidiare alle formazioni più celebrate. Questo riguarda in particolare il perfezionismo del collettivo, la flessibilità delle sue dinamiche, la tensione ritmica e l'opulenza timbrica. Il tutto entro orchestrazioni variopinte, capaci di padroneggiare un'ampia gamma espressiva ...

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Vance Thompson's Five Plus Six: Such Sweet Thunder

Read "Such Sweet Thunder" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Knoxville-based Trumpeter, arranger and band leader Vance Thompson formed The Marble City Five quintet over a year ago and when thinking about recording their first album, decided to augment the band by adding a six-piece horn section comprised of some of the city's younger rising talent. The resulting new Knoxville, TN-based group is now known as ...

Album

Such Sweet Thunder

Label: Shade Street Music
Released: 2014
Track listing: Pannonica; Isfahan; Little Sparrow; Ugly Beauty; Prelude to a Kiss; Rockin’ in Rhythm; Four in One; He’s Gone Away.

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Vance Thompson's Five Plus Six: Such Sweet Thunder

Read "Such Sweet Thunder" reviewed by Jack Bowers


For the mathematically challenged, Vance Thompson's Five Plus Six equals eleven. In other words, it's Thompson's working quintet, the Marble City Five, amplified by half a dozen horns. On its debut recording, the Knoxville, TN-based ensemble performs music by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Thelonious Monk and--brace yourself--country singer Dolly Parton. In fact, Parton's “Little Sparrow," the ...

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Colorizing the Classics: David Berger's Tribute to Harry Warren

Label: Such Sweet Thunder
Released: 2010
Track listing: Me and You; I Wonder Who; With Your Hand in Mine (instrumental); Positano Afternoon; Double Trouble (instrumental); Sing Me a Love Song; I'm Sorry (instrumental); Hard to Get (vocal); There Is No Music (vocal); But Here We Are (vocal); With Your Hand in Mine (vocal); I'm Sorry (vocal); But Here We Are (instrumental); Double Trouble (vocal); Hard To Get (instrumental).

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David Berger Jazz Orchestra: Colorizing the Classics: David Berger's Tribute to Harry Warren

Read "Colorizing the Classics: David Berger's Tribute to Harry Warren" reviewed by Tom Greenland


Arranger/recomposer David Berger's music is likely to prompt mixed reactions for its mixing of traditional values with creative originality, somewhat akin to Ted Turner's colorizing of classic black and white films. Colorizing the Classics is a big-band follow-up to I Had the Craziest Dream (Such Sweet Thunder, 2008), an octet outing also championing the works of ...

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David Berger Octet: I Had the Craziest Dream

Read "David Berger Octet: I Had the Craziest Dream" reviewed by Jack Bowers


David Berger Octet I Had the Craziest Dream Such Sweet Thunder 2008 Composer / arranger / scholar / historian / educator David Berger, who uses groups of various sizes to adorn his musical framework, has chosen an octet to record I Had the Craziest Dream, subtitled The Music ...

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Champian

Label: Such Sweet Thunder
Released: 2008
Track listing: I Didn't Mean A Word I Said; He Ain't Got Rhythm; This Is Always; They Didn't Believe Me; I Can't Give You Anything But Love; Get Out of Town; Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens; It's Crazy; The Gypsy; You Turned The Tables On Me; Too Close For Comfort; Romance In The Dark; Just One Of Those Things; Never-The-Less.


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