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Hawk-Richard Jazz Orchestra: Reunion

Some of the best jazz produced recently can be heard on the two 2004 sessions by the Steve Hawk-Charlie Richard Jazz Orchestra that make up Reunion. The 23-piece ensemble, including conductor Kevin Mayse, is comprised of former University of Texas music students plus pals from Los Angeles. The group excels in postbop, standards, ballads, hard-edged sectional work and extended forms like the 18-minute “Suite for Jazz Orchestra and Alto Saxophone,” which is the CD’s apex.

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