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Bob Mintzer Big Band/New York Voices: Meeting of Minds (MCG)

Eleven years ago, the New York Voices hinted at the dynamism of a pairing with Bob Mintzer when they invited the bandleader/clarinetist to add a haunting solo to “Darn That Dream” on A Day Like This. Now that union reaches full bloom, the Voices blending sublimely with Mintzer’s 17-piece ensemble. It’s not their first outing … Read More “Bob Mintzer Big Band/New York Voices: Meeting of Minds (MCG)”

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Bob Mintzer Big Band: Get Up!

Like so many baby-boomer jazzmen, Bob Mintzer, during his most impressionable years, took in not only jazz but the radio hits of the day-including the soul, R&B and funk that inspired Get Up! Three of the nine tracks here, sequenced consecutively, are ’60s cornerstones: the Isley Brothers’ “It’s Your Thing,” Sam and Dave’s “I Thank … Read More “Bob Mintzer Big Band: Get Up!”

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Bob Mintzer Big Band : For the Moment

A love letter to Brazil, this aural travelogue blends tenor saxophonist Bob Mintzer’s compositions with tracks by Baden Powell, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Chico Pinheiro, a São Paulo guitarist and vocalist whose version of “Corcovado” transforms Jobim’s glittery ennui into subtle swing. The musicianship of all involved, including fellow Yellowjacket Russell Ferrante on piano, makes … Read More “Bob Mintzer Big Band : For the Moment”

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