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The Phil Norman Tentet: Then and Now

Read "Then and Now" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There comes a time, usually during the fifth or sixth rendition of a “franchise" movie (think “Rocky" or “Star Trek"), when the phrase “enough is enough" inevitably springs to mind. While Then and Now, the seventh album by saxophonist Phil Norman's L.A.-based all-star Tentet, lands somewhere this side of overkill, its premise--to update and reintroduce classic ...

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The Phil Norman Tentet: Encore

Read "Encore" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Harkening back and reverently genuflecting to the mid-size ensemble format of the 1950s and '60s--especially those on the West Coast such as the Dave Pell Octet, Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool (Capitol 1957) band and other similar-sized ensembles-- the Phil Norman Tentet's Encore delivers the absolute best of all jazz worlds. This ...

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The Phil Norman Tentet: Wide Range

Read "Wide Range" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Phil Norman Tentet opens its fourth album, Wide Range, with Bob Florence’s finger-busting arrangement of “Autumn Leaves,” and had it stopped on that dime, I’d have already been wrapped up and sold. But there’s more than an hour of music yet to come, all of it high-octane super premium (and unleaded), as Norman and his ...

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The Phil Norman Tentet: Live at the Lighthouse

Read "Live at the Lighthouse" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Among the birthplaces of the so–called “West Coast sound” in Jazz back in the ’50s and ’60s was bassist Howard Rumsey’s fabled Lighthouse at Hermosa Beach, which served as home base from time to time for such musical legends as Shorty Rogers, Art Pepper, Shelly Manne, Conte Candoli, Bud Shank, Frank Rosolino, Maynard Ferguson, Bob Enevoldsen, ...

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The Phil Norman Tentet: Yesterday's Gardenias

Read "Yesterday's Gardenias" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Phil Norman Tentet’s debut, On the Town,, recorded in 1996 and released last year, was such an unqualified success that living up to it posed an immense challenge. If the ensemble’s second endeavor, Yesterday’s Gardenia’s, doesn’t quite scale the Olympian heights reached by On the Town, it climbs so near that one has to applaud ...


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