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The NDR Big Band

There's nothing quite like the NDR Bigband. Unique among Germany’s radio big bands, the NDR Bigband is a jazz ensemble composed of premier soloists of diverse backgrounds and influences whose collective endeavors coalesce to produce an original and striking group sound for a large ensemble. After leaving behind traditional radio entertainment, prime-time TV shows and the rest of everyday light music, the ensemble has focused their energies on pursuing creative music. From men like long-standing lead saxophonist Herb Geller, a veteran of the West Coast scene, to today’s band members, Frankfurt rhapsodist Christof Lauer on tenor saxophone, abstract expressionist Peter Bolte on alto saxophone, Claus Stötter with all the contemporary trends, the tonal conjuror Ingolf Burkhardt, and the free-thinking avant-gardist Reiner Winterschladen on trumpets, each and every musician contributes his personal array of musical color to the whole, shifting the ensemble’s horizon to the outer regions of the color spectrum. Known to perform various stylistic programs ranging from swing, latin, to avant-garde, the NDR Bigband sounds different on each occasion, yet retains a unifying character that is immediately recognizable

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Sanctuary

Label: Ramboy
Released: 2020

Album

Tall Tales of Jasper County

Label: Inarhyme Records, LLC
Released: 2015
Track listing: Brother John's Vision; Major Fete; Chloe's Lamma; Havana; August's Moonstone; Double Vision.

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The Theatre of Kurt Weill

Label: ACT Music
Released: 2000

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The NDR Big Band: The Theatre of Kurt Weill

Read "The Theatre of Kurt Weill" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Although perhaps best known in his native Germany, composer Kurt Weill wrote songs for the musical theatre that transcended boundaries, several of which (“Mack the Knife,” “Speak Low,” “My Ship”) are played often today in many styles and contexts, 100 years after Weill’s birth and half a century after his death, not only in Germany but ...

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Ellingtonia

Label: ACT Music
Released: 1999

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Plays Benny Goodman

Label: NDR
Released: 1999

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The NDR Big Band: Plays Benny Goodman

Read "Plays Benny Goodman" reviewed by Jack Bowers


This charming two–disc set by Germany’s world–class NDR Big Band was recorded in 1998, sixty years after clarinetist Benny Goodman’s legendary concert at Carnegie Hall in New York, and is meant to salute that memorable occasion. It’s not an exact re–creation, thank goodness, but a number of arrangements written especially for the Goodman band were meticulously ...

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The NDR Big Band: Ellingtonia

Read "Ellingtonia" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Here’s a nourishing slice of Ellingtonia from Germany’s world–class NDR Big Band with several guest artists sitting in to enhance the bill of fare. While some of the names may be unfamiliar to Jazz enthusiasts on this side of the pond, take it from one who’s been listening to big–band Jazz for nearly half a century ...


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