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Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York – Fukushima (2017)

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York – Fukushima (2017)

feature photo: Bryan Murray Now boasting a remarkable ten albums over twenty years, Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York today takes another step forward with Fukushima (Libra Records), the first new recordings from Satoko Fujii’s American large ensemble project since 2014’s Shiki. The best big band leaders know how to exploit a large ensemble akin to a single, giant instrument, withRead More

Gareth Lockrane – Fistfight at the Barndance (2017)

Gareth Lockrane – Fistfight at the Barndance (2017)

There’s a sense of more development and intrigue to come as Gareth Lockrane’s ‘Fistfight at the Barndance’ mixes musical atmospheres and essences.

Greg Ward – Touch My Beloved’s Thought (2016)

Greg Ward – Touch My Beloved’s Thought (2016)

Paying homage to a Charles Mingus masterpiece with inspired original material is just what you’d expect from the ever-curious, ever-expansive alto saxophonist Greg Ward.

Gavin Harrison – Cheating the Polygraph (2015)

Gavin Harrison – Cheating the Polygraph (2015)

Gavin Harrison’s ‘Cheating the Polygraph’ references Porcupine Tree and big band, but quickly moves well beyond those well-worn tropes.

Bob Dylan, “Stay With Me” from Shadows in the Night (2015): One Track Mind

Bob Dylan, “Stay With Me” from Shadows in the Night (2015): One Track Mind

If Bob Dylan’s new song is any indication, ‘Shadows in the Night’ could end up surprising more than a few naysayers. It’s certainly changed my mind.

Brian Setzer Orchestra – Christmas Comes Alive (2010): On Second Thought

Brian Setzer Orchestra – Christmas Comes Alive (2010): On Second Thought

Brian Setzer, an unjustly unheralded guitar player, has this knack for connecting with the redux zeitgeist.

Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble – Not Dark Yet (2014)

You got to come on, man, and take a piece of Mr. Nathan Parker Smith’s band.

Kenny Lavender – Conscious Journey, Part 1 & 2 (2014)

Kenny Lavender – Conscious Journey, Part 1 & 2 (2014)

Daring but not self indulgent, this double album would be a risk in lesser hands.

One Track Mind: Nancy Wilson with DIVA, “All My Tomorrows” from A Swingin’ Life (2014)

One Track Mind: Nancy Wilson with DIVA, “All My Tomorrows” from A Swingin’ Life (2014)

She remains a wonder of range and sassy interpretation.

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York – Shiki (2014)

This doesn’t often sound like big band music, as Fujii draws from every impulse at her disposal.

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