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Mack Avenue Superband: Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival–2014

On the Mack Avenue Superband’s third consecutive live recording from the Detroit Jazz Festival, there are no big surprises. But there are a couple of little ones. You know what you’re going to get when you give the 2014 edition a spin: all-star performances from seven musicians affiliated with the Motor City-based label, each strong … Read More “Mack Avenue Superband: Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival–2014”

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Mack Avenue Superband: Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival–2013

Supergroups don’t always live up to the billing, but this one does. A sequel to the SuperBand’s 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival recording, this album features returnees Sean Jones (trumpet and flugelhorn), Evan Perri (guitar), Aaron Diehl (piano), Rodney Whitaker (bass) and Carl Allen (drums), plus newcomers Kirk Whalum (tenor saxophone and flute) and Warren Wolf … Read More “Mack Avenue Superband: Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival–2013”

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Mack Avenue Superband: Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival

The challenge with any one-off all-star aggregation is to find enough commonalities to prevent the proceedings from turning into a holy mess. If good things manage to happen, even better. This document of the Mack Avenue SuperBand’s appearance at the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival succeeds not only because these are professionals well suited to adjusting … Read More “Mack Avenue Superband: Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival”

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