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University of the Arts School of Music Grad Ensemble: Lyric Motion (UArts)

There is much to savor in this third recording in recent years showcasing original compositions and performance by musicians in the graduate jazz studies program at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. In this case, the music comes from three distinct groupings: trio, quartet, and a quintet that is supplemented by vocals on one of its … Read More “University of the Arts School of Music Grad Ensemble: Lyric Motion (UArts)”

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Berklee College of Music: 2017 Sessions: The Best of the Jazz Revelation Records Years (Jazz Revelation)

Boston’s Berklee College of Music has a storied history of producing annual recordings of its student jazz players dating to the 1950s. Fifteen years ago, production shifted from a college-run endeavor to a student-run label called Jazz Revelation Records. This compilation includes one track from each release from 2004 to 2014. Gerry Mulligan’s “It’s Not … Read More “Berklee College of Music: 2017 Sessions: The Best of the Jazz Revelation Records Years (Jazz Revelation)”

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CalArts Jazz 2019: 30th Annual (Capitol)

Exotic twists abound on this latest CD from CalArts, which features compositions by 11 of its jazz students. Tenor saxophonist Nick Stahl is the iron man, appearing on seven of the tracks. Pianist Will Kjeer’s “Dawn” features a jazz trio, vocalist Meltem Ege, and a string quartet that sets the mysterious mood. It begins like … Read More “CalArts Jazz 2019: 30th Annual (Capitol)”

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UCF Flying Horse Big Band: Good News! (Flying Horse)

The Flying Horse Big Band digs deep into music from four jazz giants and two prominent contemporary composer-musicians for much of its newest recording, with a few nifty enhancements on this musical flight. There’s a bit of Miles, Trane, Monk, and Jobim, and a composition apiece from saxophonist Bob Mintzer and trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman, … Read More “UCF Flying Horse Big Band: Good News! (Flying Horse)”

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UNLV Jazz Studies Program: Passersby/Latin Journey V (Vegas)

This two-CD set from UNLV’s jazz program features five distinct performance groups that explore a wide variety of music. Disc One includes eight tracks by Jazz Ensemble I and closes with three from the Honors Quartet. Bill Cunliffe’s arrangement of Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story” medley is a robust showcase for the ensemble. It’s also … Read More “UNLV Jazz Studies Program: Passersby/Latin Journey V (Vegas)”

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University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band: Lab 2018: The Rhythm of the Road (North Texas Jazz)

Musical riches abound on this showcase for the One O’Clock Lab Band, UNT’s premiere jazz ensemble, which has been recording yearly since 1967. This edition’s members hail from the U.S., Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Japan, and Taiwan. Saxophonist Brandon Moore, who graduated with a master’s degree in May 2018, contributed two fine originals and arranged two … Read More “University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band: Lab 2018: The Rhythm of the Road (North Texas Jazz)”

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