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The Chris McDonald Orchestra: Big Band Classics / Big Band Favorites

Read "Big Band Classics / Big Band Favorites" reviewed by Jack Bowers

These are the third and fourth albums recorded for Green Hill Music by Chris McDonald, one of the finest big–band arrangers you’ve never heard. But unlike the other two ( Big Band Hymns, Big Band Christmas, reviewed in November), there’s nothing special about them. Nothing new either. After all, the world hasn’t exactly been holding its ...


Article: Album Review

The Chris McDonald Orchestra: Big Band Hymns / Big Band Christmas

Read "Big Band Hymns / Big Band Christmas" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Big band hymns? If you’re thinking there’s no way the two can be compatible, much less swing, there’s no doubt you’ve not yet heard these sacred anthems remodeled in contemporary big–band arrangements by the conspicuously talented Chris McDonald. If the mind is receptive, it won’t take much more than the first few bars of “I’ll Fly ...


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