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Jerry Ascione Big Band: Beautiful Love

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Herman West Coast jazz scene, for around 25 years now Sea Breeze has remained a beacon of light and hope for both aficionados of the genre and the hundreds of qualified musicians who, without the opportunity to record for major labels, might otherwise have gone unheard outside their native locales. Perhaps typical of Sea Breeze’s output is this current release.

The band adheres to a standard instrumentation of eight brass, five saxes and four rhythm . . . who also contribute original compositions and arrangements, in some cases the entire book and in others perhaps a few Initially formed by two lifelong lovers of the 1950s post-Kenton/post-characteristic pieces. Distinct from many contemporaneous jazz combos, however, the band balances their programs with a proportionate number of standards imaginatively reworked.

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