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Ken Schaphorst Big Band: Purple

Ken Schaphorst’s ensemble is not your father’s big band. Indeed, in Purple, we hear an all-star, 18-strong ensemble making its way through a set of evocative soundscapes that Mingus himself would have loved. In organically evolving adventures like “Uprising,” Schaphorst calls on strategies suggesting such varied influences as Ellington and Kenton, Gil Evans and Carla Bley, and time-warped oscillations annealing Basie to Cecil Taylor and Ornette Coleman.

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