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Charlie Mariano: Not Quite a Ballad

The durable Charlie Mariano, blowing his way toward 81, sounds like a Bird disciple half that age on his new release, Not Quite a Ballad (Intuition). Mariano has done everything he’s wanted to in his remarkable career: he’s worked with jazz icons from Charles Mingus and Stan Kenton to Dizzy Gillespie and his former wife Toshiko Akiyoshi; he returns periodically to teach at his alma mater, Berklee; and he occasionally revisits India to nourish his love affair with world music. Now that he’s been recording with the Wurzburg Philharmonic for the past decade, another dream has been realized.

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