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Craig Bailey-Tim Armacost Brooklyn Big Band: Live at Sweet Rhythm

The 17-piece Brooklyn Big Band, formed in 2000, is heavy on saxophone players, starting with its leaders, Craig Bailey (alto and flute) and Tim Armacost (tenor and clarinet). As displayed on this debut recording, Bailey and Armacost’s conception is to explore contemporary possibilities for the big band, in part by reviewing the past. The unsigned … Read More “Craig Bailey-Tim Armacost Brooklyn Big Band: Live at Sweet Rhythm”

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Glenn Cashman & the Southland Big Band: Glenn Cashman & the Southland Big Band!

Since Glenn Cashman has spent much of his career in academia (he is an associate professor of music at Colgate University), it is no surprise that his debut album with the big band he leads in Southern California sounds, from track to track, like a history of postwar jazz. It’s possible to hear Stan Kenton, … Read More “Glenn Cashman & the Southland Big Band: Glenn Cashman & the Southland Big Band!”

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Mike Longo: Sting Like a Bee

In recent years, pianist Mike Longo has alternated trio albums with releases featuring his big band, the New York State of the Art Jazz Ensemble. But, perhaps in inevitable deference to Muhammad Ali, he is following up 2007’s trio session, Float Like a Butterfly, with another, Sting Like a Bee. Longo treats the trio more … Read More “Mike Longo: Sting Like a Bee”

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Al Foster Quartet: Love, Peace and Jazz!

Every veteran sideman deserves to get a turn as a leader now and then, and drummer Al Foster certainly qualifies as a veteran, with a career dating back to the ’60s and including two lengthy stints with Miles Davis (early ’70s, early ’80s). Foster began leading his own quartet in the mid-’90s, resulting in one … Read More “Al Foster Quartet: Love, Peace and Jazz!”

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