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Bob Mintzer is without doubt one of the eminent legends in contemporary jazz. One of my greatest joys as a jazz lover was when I snatched him out (three years ago), play…
Those who love big-band jazz should go down on their knees and thank Art Lillard and his kind. The New York based drummer/arranger/bandleader has been leading the 12 or 13 …
The Word is Out treats us to an electric performance by the Jaco Pastorius Big Band. Like its predecessor, Word of Mouth Revisited, special guests include an …
Here’s a nice presentation by Art Lillard’s big band from New York City. Lillard’s classy congregation retains the spirit of the swing era but avoids repeating all the time…
For J.G is the Kenichi Tsunoda Big Band. Its name humbly sits in the corridors from those in the past, "for Jazz Giants" and gives a blasting ode to Dizzy Gillespi…
The music of Charles Mingus is unique in the history of jazz. What makes it unique is also the reason I can’t recommend the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra’s tribute album…
I really liked this new big band album from the Tony Gairo-Gary Rissmiller Jazz Orchestra. Bands like this, containing relatively unknown musicians, seem to be springing up…
For those looking for drummer, Buddy Rich, at his finest, this CD collection ranks among his best efforts, and is a classic for jazz drum performances. These performance…
In 2005, The DIVA Jazz Orchestra detonated a brilliant effort of pure untarnished swing as they released TNT - A Tommy Newsom Tribute from Diva Jazz Lightyear. Wi…
The disc starts off with "Just Among Friends," a spry, lively tune, written by Beaudoin and featuring some compelling solos by Bucky Pizzarelli and Billy Novick. Followi…