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John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: All Can Work (New Amsterdam)

Drummer-composer John Hollenbeck has for 20 years excelled at writing music that balances oddness and sublimity. But it’s never had quite the overtly personal dimension that it does on All Can Work, an homage to Hollenbeck’s departed friends, colleagues, mentors and influences, performed by his 20-piece Large Ensemble. It’s also never been more beautiful. The … Read More “John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: All Can Work (New Amsterdam)”

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John Hollenbeck: Songs We Like a Lot

Songs I Like a Lot was one of 2013’s best records and one of the most majestic albums of the 21st century. Arranger and bandleader John Hollenbeck nearly created an entirely new genre by blending big-band music and pop songs with modern classical sensibilities, oddball vocal arrangements and cinematic sweep. Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Lineman” and … Read More “John Hollenbeck: Songs We Like a Lot”

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