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John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: A Blessing

For the recording debut of his 18-piece ensemble, drummer-arranger John Hollenbeck has cooked an exciting bouillabaisse of genres, from big-band jazz to contemporary symphonic minimalism. It begins with “A Blessing” and ends with a prayer, “The Music of Life,” both featuring singer Theo Bleckmann, the most outstanding presence on the session. His rangy voice (reminiscent of a countertenor) is used elsewhere, in unison with various sections.

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