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Blue Wisp Big Band: 20th Anniversary

The Blue Wisp Big Band, from Cincinnati, knocked my socks off–it’s uncomfortable reviewing in bare feet. Their 20th Anniversary (Sea Breeze SB-2114; 70:02) offers a dozen first takes-the kind of confidence that evolves from being together since 1980, with rare changes in personnel, and playing/rehearsing every Wednesday at the Blue Wisp Club. They’re blessed by having former Kenton and Herman drummer John Von Ohlen, who’s been the driving force since the band was formed.

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