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Bob Mintzer Big Band: Swing Out

The Bob Mintzer Big Band, a part-time and largely studio-based ensemble dating back more than 20 years, has made thematic albums devoted to a particular style of jazz (1998’s Latin from Manhattan) or in tribute to a particular musician (1995’s Big Band Trane, 2000’s Grammy-winning Homage to Count Basie). It has also taken musical tone as a theme, notably on 2003’s Gently, and that is more the case with Swing Out, which, as its title indicates, means to explore the confluence of traditional swing, a big band hallmark, and the “out” playing of free jazz, a more problematic endeavor for a large ensemble.

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