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The Rodger Fox Big Band: Plays New Zealand

Read "Plays New Zealand" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although trombonist Rodger Fox has somehow managed to keep New Zealand's finest big band alive and swinging for more than four decades, the band has never devoted an entire album to music written and arranged by New Zealanders--until now. That's not to say that Fox and the band have ignored music from their home country. Over ...

Concerti

Label: Rattle Records (New Zealand)
Released: 2015
Track listing: Jazz Rondo; Raff Riff; Piano Concerto No. 3, Movement 1; Warriors.

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Michael Houstoun with the Rodger Fox Big Band: Concerti

Read "Concerti" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There is a saying about “the best of both possible worlds," an adage that springs immediately to mind when listening to Concerti, a remarkable collaboration between classical pianist Michael Houstoun and trombonist Rodger Fox's superb big band from Wellington, New Zealand. The captivating program consists of four extended works, two by American pianist / composer Bill ...

Awright Awright

Label: Nzsm Jazz
Released: 2014
Track listing: Blues in the Closet; The Chant; Red Clay; Yardbird Suite; Easy Groove; Baby Get Lost; Teach Me Tonight; Boogie Blues; On Green Dolphin Street; Awright Awright.

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New Zealand School of Music Big Band: Awright Awright

Read "Awright Awright" reviewed by Jack Bowers

It's hard to believe this is a school band, no matter what the level. Music director Rodger Fox, a seasoned trombonist who leads his own play-for-pay band, must be extremely pleased and proud of what his students at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington have accomplished, as their third album, Awright Awright, is superlative ...

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The Rodger Fox Big Band: No Exit

Read "No Exit" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The superb Rodger Fox Big Band has twice been honored with New Zealand's award for Best Jazz Recording of the Year (2001, 2005), and if No Exit doesn't make it a threesome the judges may have to double-check to make sure their ears and taste buds are working properly. While it may be difficult for some ...

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The Rodger Fox Big Band: A Rare Connection

Read "A Rare Connection" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Last year was the thirtieth for trombonist Rodger Fox's world-class big band from faraway New Zealand, and the celebration was marked by the release of yet another mouth-watering banquet of swinging, straight-ahead jazz from Down Under. This is either the band's sixteenth or seventeenth album, depending on whether one includes Devil May Care, a session from ...

Ain't That the Truth

Label: T-Bones Records
Released: 2000
Track listing: Ain

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The Rodger Fox Big Band: Ain't That the Truth

Read "Ain't That the Truth" reviewed by Jack Bowers

This is the fourteenth recording by one of the best big bands you’ve probably never heard, trombonist Rodger Fox’s world–class ensemble from far–away New Zealand. As on several of those earlier albums, which featured guest appearances by such well–known Jazz artists as John Scofield, Tom Harrell, Gary Grant, Bobby Shew and Bill Reichenbach, Fox employs a ...


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