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The Clare Fischer Big Band: Continuum

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There are big bands and then there are big bands driven by big ideas. What set the Clare Fischer Big Band apart was the extraordinary, expansive, multifaceted arrangements and compositions created by the ensemble’s late namesake throughout his career, a legacy that informs and elevates Continuum.

The vast lineup assembled for this album speaks volumes about the value placed on Fischer’s life’s work by a wide array of renowned musicians. The short list includes saxophonists Bob Sheppard and Gary Foster, trombonist Bill Reichenbach, tuba player Jim Self and drummer Peter Erskine. Both Fischer, on keyboards, and his son, vibraphonist Brent, who conducts the ensemble, are also featured. Brent’s “Step Up,” custom-tailored for the 30-member Clare Fischer Jazz Corp, colorfully underscores familial gifts and a common (yet highly uncommon) orchestral palette.

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