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The Complete Recordings

Label: Vertical Jazz Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: The Nutracker Suite Overture Miniature; The Nutracker Suite March; The Nutracker Suite Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy; The Nutracker Suite Russian Dance Trepack; The Nutracker Suite Arabian Dance; The Nutracker Suite Chinese Dance; The Nutracker Suite Dance of the Reeds; The Nutracker Suite Waltz of the Flowers; Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring; BWV 1055 Oboe Concerto in a Major, 2nd Movement; BWV 1047 Brandenburg Concerto #2 in F Major, 1st Movement; BWV 775 Invention #4; BWV 1047 Brandenburg Concerto in a Major, 2nd Movement; Air; Piano Concerto #2 in C Minor Movement 1, Pt. 1; Piano Concerto #2 in C Minor Movement 1, Pt. 2; Piano Concerto #2 in C Minor Movement 1, Pt. 3; Piano Concerto #2 in C Minor Movement 1, Pt. 4; Piano Concerto #2 in C Minor Movement 1, Pt. 5; Piano Concerto #2 in C Minor Movement 2, Pt. 1; Piano Concerto #2 in C Minor Movement 2, Pt. 2; Piano Concerto #2 in C Minor Movement 3, Pt. 1; Piano Concerto #2 in C Minor Movement 3, Pt. 2; Hallelujah.

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Classical Jazz Quartet: The Complete Recordings

Read "The Complete Recordings" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The names of Johann Sebastian Bach, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff do not necessarily conjure images and sounds of jazz in one's mind, that is until one has listened to recordings by the Classical Jazz Quartet. Although these musicians utilize the same instruments as the Modern Jazz Quartet, they are in no way clones or ...

Swing Gitan: The Django Reinhardt NY Festival, Live at Birdland 2002

Label: Vertical Jazz Records
Released: 2005
Track listing: Swing Gitan; What Is This Thing Called Love?; New York in November; Minor Swing; Nuages; I Can't Give You Anything But Love; Manoir des mes Reves; China Boy; Stompin' at Decca; Montagne Sainte Genevieve; Lady Be Good; Pretext.

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Various Artists: Swing Gitan: The Django Reinhardt NY Festival, Live at Birdland 2002

Read "Swing Gitan: The Django Reinhardt NY Festival, Live at Birdland 2002" reviewed by Brian P. Lonergan

From the moment Swing Gitan begins, one wonders how this music, forged in the Hot Club of France seventy years ago, has ever cooled in popularity for even a moment. Recorded at the now-annual Django Reinhardt Festival, live at Birdland in 2002, the music--jangling guitars, pumping accordion, swinging violins, and wailing reeds--is so energetic, exuberant, and ...

Plays Bach

Label: Vertical Jazz Records
Released: 2002
Track listing: Jesu, Joy of Man

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Classical Jazz Quartet: Plays Bach

Read "Plays Bach" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The New Modern Jazz Quartet... It is hard to not compare this Classical Jazz Quartet to the Modern Jazz Quartet. They both have the same format of outstanding individual superstars, they both have a major leaning toward classical music. Most listeners might not even be surprised or offended if the CJQ popped out “The Cylinder" or ...

Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker"

Label: Vertical Jazz Records
Released: 2001
Track listing: The Swingin' Nut (Overture Miniature); Marche Touche (March); Groove of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy); Blues a la Russe (Russian Dance Trepack); Bedouin Dreams (Arabian Dance); Oriental Rhythm (Chinese Dance); Mirlitonova (Dance of the Reeds); Vaunce of the Flowers (Waltz of the Flowers).

Jazzy Christmas

Label: Vertical Jazz Records
Released: 2001
Track listing: Santa Claus is Coming to Town; O' Tannenbaum; Christmas Time is Here; We Three Kings; White Christmas; The Christmas Song; Jingle Bells; Have Yourself a Merry Little Xmas; Little Drummer Boy; Let it Snow.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Classical Jazz Quartet: Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker"

Read "Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker"" reviewed by Jim Santella

Like the Modern Jazz Quartet, the foursome on this new release folds visions of great classical music into a mainstream jazz setting. Tchaikovsky's 1892 ballet has always provided special holiday vibes for the holidays. This year, Bob Belden's musical arrangements have put a new spin on it; still leaving a lot of space for veteran improvisation. ...

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Various Artists: Jazzy Christmas

Read "Jazzy Christmas" reviewed by Jim Santella

Straight-ahead jazz for Christmas. Three veteran Los Angeles-based piano trios and two other, rather unique, ensembles interpret traditional holiday music tastefully. ‘Tis the season. Each ensemble performs two carols. Patrice Rushen, Stanley Clarke and Ngudu Chancler bring an exotic flavor to “We Three Kings." The pianist’s art leaves classic tinges of dissonance in several places for ...


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