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Vic Lewis Plays Bossa Nova

Vic Lewis Plays Bossa Nova

One of my favorite little-known bossa nova albums was recorded by a British big-band leader born in 1919. Inconceivable, but true. Vic Lewis Plays Bossa Nova at Home and Away was recorded in Los Angeles in January 1963 and in London for EMI in February as an RCA-EMI joint venture. The L.A. tracks were done with ...

British Jazz

Read "British Jazz" reviewed by Graham L. Flanagan

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Play Bill Holman

Label: Candid Records
Released: 2009
Track listing: Oleo (First Version); Yesterdays; Sizzler Before Lunch; When I Fall in Love; Easter Parade; As We Speak; Sizzler After Lunch; Olea (Second Version).

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

The Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra Gets "Thrasched"

Read "The Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra Gets "Thrasched"" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The thirty-third annual Albuquerque Jazz Festival ended its two-day run on February 21, 2009. The event is devoted mainly to performances by high school and middle school bands, while the grand finale features the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra with invited guests, this year the saxophone quartet Thrascher (Randy Hamm, soprano; Tim Ishii, alto; Ed Petersen, tenor; Glenn ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Vic Lewis (1919-2009)

Vic Lewis (1919-2009)

Vic Lewis, a British bandleader whose intensive admiration for Stan Kenton and other West Coast jazz artists led him to form one of Britain's most admired American-sounding jazz orchestras of the late 1940s and 1950s, died on Monday in the U.K. He was 89. Most American jazz fans are unfamiliar with Lewis, primarily because the bandleader ...

With Love to Gerry

Label: Sea Breeze Jazz
Released: 2001
Track listing: Noblesse; I'm Gonna Go Fishin'; Go Home; Walkin' Shoes; Ballade; Bwebidda Bobbida; I Heard the Shadows Dancing; Noblesse.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Vic Lewis West Coast All-Stars: With Love to Gerry

Read "With Love to Gerry" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If by “All--Stars" Vic Lewis means a world--class rhythm section backing three superb front--liners, then he's squarely on the mark, as With Love to Gerry (Mulligan, of course) embodies exactly that. There are two exceptions, the opening “Noblesse," performed by an a cappella “trombone choir" (actually, Andy Martin overdubbed), and the luminous “Ballade," handsomely shaped by ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Vic Lewis & the West Coast All-Stars: With Love to Gerry

Read "With Love to Gerry" reviewed by Mike Neely

For a band to play Gerry Mulligan's music well all they need is a sophisticated horn section with an unerring sense of rhythm, a core of intelligent soloists with a wide range of stylistic knowledge, and a fluent rhythm section that can accompany with both vigor and taste. Vic Lewis and the West Coast All-Stars measure ...

Tea Break

Label: Concept Albums
Released: 1985


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