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The Gary Urwin Jazz Orchestra: A Beautiful Friendship

Read "A Beautiful Friendship" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Sometimes, just when it seems things couldn't possibly get any better, they do. That is certainly the case with A Beautiful Friendship, the spectacular new recording by arranger Gary Urwin's superlative southern California-based Jazz Orchestra. Having released three earlier albums showcasing the exceptional artistry of tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb and / or trombonist Bill Watrous, Urwin ...

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The Gary Urwin Jazz Orchestra: Kindred Spirits

Read "Kindred Spirits" reviewed by Jack Bowers


When I'm listening to a big band album for the first time, the “grin factor usually comes into play. The wider the smile, the greater the excitement and pleasure. As Gary Urwin's smoking arrangement of Lester Young's “Lester Leaps In sprang through the headphones, I was grinning from ear to ear, and the smile seldom slackened ...

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The Gary Urwin Jazz Orchestra: Living in the Moment

Read "Living in the Moment" reviewed by Jack Bowers


When one releases a debut album as impressive as Gary Urwin's Perspectives, the question then becomes, 'What can you do for an encore?' What Urwin has done is exceed everyone's expectations -- perhaps even his own -- with Living in the Moment, a breathtaking follow-up session that bristles with energy, intelligence and class. Once ...

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The Gary Urwin Jazz Orchestra: Perspectives

Read "Perspectives" reviewed by Dave Nathan


A native of Toledo, OH, now residing in LA, with a day job as an attorney, Gary Urwin has fulfilled a dream of taking a big band into a recording studio. And big it is, with 24 pieces in tow. With increasing interest in big bands these days, it behooves a newcomer to offer something different ...

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The Gary Urwin Jazz Orchestra: Perspectives

Read "Perspectives" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Once the staple of American music, big band jazz orchestras gave way to increasingly smaller ensembles throughout much of the fifties. Increasingly big bands found themselves in subordinate roles backing jazz singers, or relegated to playing orchestrated versions of pop songs. Ultimately, the logistics of maintaining such a large musical entity on a sustained basis proved ...


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