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WDR Big Band


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Label: Leopard
Released: 2022
Track listing: Signed, Sealed, Delivered; Watching the River Flow; I Can't Turn You Loose; Che Ore So; Them Changes; Way Back Home; Lucky 13; Honky Tonk / I Can't Stop Loving You; My Little Brother.


Article: Interview

Eri Chichibu: Discovering the Path from Psychology to Jazz and Crossing Reality

Read "Eri Chichibu: Discovering the Path from Psychology to Jazz and Crossing Reality" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova

Sometimes people decide to pursue a career in music early in their lives, but many artists go with a “normal" career until their passion for music wins. That happened to Eri Chichibu, a Japanese composer, arranger and pianist who started as a psychology major in Japan. She holds a bachelor's degree in Jazz Composition and Film ...

News: Video / DVD

Video: Joan Chamorro and the WDR Big Band

Video: Joan Chamorro and the WDR Big Band

Earlier this week, Kurt Kolstad send along an email that included a link to the following clip. In May, Germany's WDR Big Band performed Darn That Dream, arranged and conducted by Joan Chamorro, the musical director of the Sant Andreu Jazz Band in Barcelona, Spain. Alba Esteban (below) of the Sant Andreu Jazz Band, performed the ...


News: Video / DVD

WDR Big Band: 'Watching the River Flow'

WDR Big Band: 'Watching the River Flow'

I almost never post on music that isn't out yet, but when I received this video clip last night from Michael Bloom, I couldn't wait. The clip features Germany's WDR Big Band conducted and arranged by Michael Abene, with drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Eddie Gomez and baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber. Soloists are Karolina Strassmayer on alto ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus a Celebration of Jazz Capricorns Sade, Melba Liston and More

Read "New Releases Plus a Celebration of Jazz Capricorns Sade, Melba Liston and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast presents new releases from Pete Malinverni, Remy Le Boeuf's Assembly of Shadows and the Yellowjackets. In the first hour, songs by Sade and in the second hour a set of tunes honoring composer, arranger trombonist Melba Liston to celebrate their birthdays. Other Capricorn shoutouts include Rachel Z, Chelsea McBride, Christine Tobin, Ingrid Jensen, Andrea ...


Article: Album Review

Fred Hersch: Breath By Breath

Read "Breath By Breath" reviewed by John Chacona

Why is Fred Hersch not sufficiently mentioned among the great jazz pianists? It could be a generational thing. At 66, Hersch is an eminent tweener, too old to qualify as the Hot New Thing and too young to be an Elder Statesman. He's in good company there with fellow sexagenarians Myra Melford, Satoko Fujii, Uri Caine, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Happy Birthday, Cole Porter

Read "Happy Birthday, Cole Porter" reviewed by Russell Perry

We are celebrating Cole Porter's 130th birthday—born June 9, 1891, This means that Porter was 27 years old, having already had shows produced on Broadway, when the first jazz recording was made in 1917. Early recordings by James P. Johnson, Jimmie Lunceford, Teddy Wilson and Django Reinhardt showed the adaptability of his compositions to the jazz ...


Article: Album Review

The John Goldsby Trio: Segment

Read "Segment" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Let's humor one another and just say that it's the hardest of the hard core who won't find themselves swept up in this snazzy little tart of a disc. It's music that gives you enough rope to range and get your chores done but holds you always in its easeful sway as the world is in ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Modern Big Bands: Christian McBride, Marshal Gilkes, Gerald Wilson, Brian Lynch and More

Read "Modern Big Bands: Christian McBride, Marshal Gilkes, Gerald Wilson, Brian Lynch and More" reviewed by Russell Perry

Since the early days of jazz, composers, arrangers, and players have sought out large ensembles for their potential for rich expression and vibrant musical color. Even in the heyday of small-group dominated bebop, Dizzy Gillespie formed a big band as soon as he could. To this day, while few bands can hold together as touring units, ...


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