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The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra: Along for the Ride

Read "Along for the Ride" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On the third album as leader of his superlative New York-based Jazz Orchestra, trombonist Pete McGuinness proves again that he is one of the more astute and resourceful composer / arrangers on the scene today. From “Put on a Happy Face" through “One for the Maestro," McGuinness' impressive charts are decorous models of warmth and perception. ...

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The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra: Strength in Numbers

Read "Strength in Numbers" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Il jazz orchestrale cresce e si alimenta grazie anche al magistrale influsso esercitato da Bob Brookmeyer su decine di allievi al New England Conservatory. Uno di questi è stato Pete McGuinness, trombonista di lunga esperienza in molte big band (tra cui quelle di Maria Schneider, Jimmy Heath e quella di Woody Herman guidata da ...

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The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra: Strength in Numbers

Read "Strength in Numbers" reviewed by Jack Bowers


For the second album as leader of his jazz orchestra, New York-based Pete McGuinness says he has “returned to [his] roots," fashioning a series of dapper themes that embody his forward-looking point of view while swinging in the grand tradition of such legendary ensembles as Basie, Herman, Thad Jones and others. When someone like Bill Holman ...

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The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra: First Flight

Read "First Flight" reviewed by Edward Blanco


As a licensed pilot I have fond memories of the first time I took the controls of an airplane on my solo flight and the proud sense of accomplishment one feels when you've landed alive and relieved. That enormous sense of accomplishment is what I'm sure trombonist Pete McGuinness must have felt when he launched his ...

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The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra: First Flight

Read "First Flight" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


Pete McGuinness has been leading his own groups since the 1990s, but the closest he came to helming a big band was as co-leader of The Newyorkestra. He changed the pattern in September 2006 when he formed the Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra which, later that year, he took into the recording studio. McGuinness shows ...

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The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra: First Flight

Read "First Flight" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On the aptly named First Flight, the inaugural recording as leader of his own big band, Pete McGuinness does almost everything except drive the band bus and clean up the studio afterward--and I wouldn't doubt that he did that as well. McGuinness wrote six of the album's nine tunes, arranged them all, crafts likable trombone solos ...


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