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Wil Swindler

Composer and saxophonist, Wil Swindler currently resides near Denver, CO where he leads Wil Swindler's Elevenet, the modern bop quintet GoodRattle, and the Wil Swindler Quartet.  In addition to his own bands, he is an active performer with the Peter Sommer Septet, Al Hood’s H2 Big Band, Colorado Symphony, the Ben Markley Big Band, the Colorado Jazz Orchestra, the Adam Bartzcak Republic, and many more.  In addition to receiving IAJE's Gil Evans Fellowship in 2008, Wil has completed numerous commissions from jazz ensembles, military bands, and symphony orchestras around the world.  Wil has three CDs available under his own name, Universe B (OA2 Records 2010), the Right Riot (2014) with GoodRqattle, and Chamber Jazz Ensemble (NohJoh Music 2006), and can be heard on numerous other albums including Ingrid Michaelson’s Songs for the Season, Steve Owen's Stand Up Eight, Peter Sommer’s Happy-Go-Lucky-Locals, Al Hood/Dave Hansen's You're It, Bob Washut’s Journey to Knowhere, and David Caffey’s Enter Autumn and All in One.

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Space Bugs

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Passage; The Real Me; Space Bugs; Annika; Tantrum in D; Julia/Blackbird; Little Requiem; Pavlov’s Daughter.

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Ari's Funhouse

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Birdless; Lyric; Lines of Oppression; Bert's Playground; For Tracy; Arrows and Loops; Green Spleen

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Passage

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Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 03:17

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Article: Album Review

Ben Markley Big Band: Ari's Funhouse

Read "Ari's Funhouse" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Ari's Funhouse, recorded in July 2021, sprang from a chance encounter at a Texas jazz festival in 2019 between New York-based drummer & composer Ari Hoenig and Denver-based pianist & arranger Ben Markley. After performing with Hoenig in a small group, Markley asked if he might score some of Hoenig's songs for a big band. Hoenig ...

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Song of the Day

Birdless

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Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 09:49

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Article: Album Review

David Caffey Jazz Orchestra: All In One

Read "All In One" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Although it is alluded to only in Kabir Sehgal's informative liner notes, the first four numbers on composer / arranger David Caffey's new CD comprise the All in One Suite, a musical salute to the social, cultural and ethnic diversity that has forever been a hallmark of American society as well as to the frame of ...

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Article: Album Review

Bob Washut Dodectet: Journey to Knowhere

Read "Journey to Knowhere" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Even as experience is often the best teacher, so it is that the teacher often has the most useful experience. Bob Washut, who has been a teacher for roughly four decades, brings that experience and more to bear on Journey to Knowhere, preparing an ambrosial banquet for his twelve-member Dodectet whose main course consists of seven ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Dominican Jazz from Summit Records: The Dominican Jazz Project & Socrates Garcia Latin Jazz Orchestra

Read "Dominican Jazz from Summit Records: The Dominican Jazz Project & Socrates Garcia Latin Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


There must be something in the air, as the Dominican Republic suddenly finds representation on two latin jazz releases from Summit Records. The Dominican Jazz Project grew out of pianist Stephen Anderson's visit to the 2014 Jazzomania Jazz Festival in Santo Domingo. After an additional visit--and additional new musical friendships--the group agreed to record together. So ...

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Article: Big Band Report

Dave Brubeck: Small Groups, Large Stature

Read "Dave Brubeck: Small Groups, Large Stature" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Dave Brubeck wasn't really a big-band kinda guy; in fact, he was seldom seen in groups larger than four or five. On the other hand, he was an extraordinary musician, one whose influence will no doubt be felt for generations to come. Brubeck, who remained active almost to the end of his life, died December 5 ...


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