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Joey Sellers’ Jazz Aggregation: El Payaso

I’m always amazed when I get a disc like this to review: a big-band set not backed by a major record label or arts presenter. Forget whether or not it’s any good. Just the fact that an independent bandleader can get such a thing done–in a world that’s seemingly dead set against allowing such a thing to happen–is a major feat. It’s a freaking gift from heaven when it’s as good as this CD.

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