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Afro Bop Alliance Big Band: Revelation

Read "Revelation" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Revelation is the sixth recording by drummer Joe McCarthy's sixteen-year-old Afro Bop Alliance (the last three by the big band after three by smaller incarnations), the first that has come this way for review. As McCarthy's stalwart ensemble is based in the Washington, D.C. area, the supposition is that a number of topnotch armed services musicians ...

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David Gibson: Propelling The Story Forward

Read "David Gibson: Propelling The Story Forward" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's late morning on Sunday, January 17, 2016--a wintry New York day that will later see snow--and much of Brooklyn seems to be in a state of hibernation or hiding. There are few signs of life on the streets, but there's no shortage of action in the basement of the former Public School 9 Annex. That's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Afro Bop Alliance: Angel Eyes

Read "Angel Eyes" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Latin Grammy Award-winning group Afro Bop Alliance lend their infectious hard-driving and percussive Latin-tinged sound to Angel Eyes, the group's fifth album staking one more claim for yet another future Latin Grammy nod. Known for their percolating percussion as well as dipping into straight ahead jazz, this Washington D.C. based octet lets the rumba rumble, the ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

R3: Special Big Band / Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra / Empire Jazz Orchestra

Read "R3: Special Big Band / Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra / Empire Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers

R3: Special Big BandR3Summit Records2012 The “R3" in this Brazilian-based band's name refers to brothers Rafael, Renato and Roger Rocha who together comprise its heart and soul. The “Special" pertains to just about everything else on this impressive debut album. Indeed, there could be even more “R's" in ...

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Knight For a Day (The Dragons Demise)

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Label: OA2 Records
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Coming Home

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Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2007
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Words Cannot Express

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2007
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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Vince Norman / Joe McCarthy Big Band: Words Cannot Express

Read "Words Cannot Express" reviewed by Jack Bowers

While listening to the Norman/McCarthy Big Band's remarkable debut album, Words Cannot Express, one's thoughts are drawn inescapably toward another enormously impressive ensemble, the Mark Taylor/Steve Fidyk Big Band--and for a number of sound reasons. Not only are both bands based in the Washington, DC area, both are co-led by a drummer (McCarthy, Fidyk), boast a ...

Bright Future

Label: OA2 Records
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