Post Tagged with: "Big Band"

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York – Shiki (2014)

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.

Exclusive stream: Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, “What’s Next?” (2014)

The pianist, composer, conductor and ethnomusicologist Mehmet Ali Sanlikol knows a lot about music from around the world, be that British prog rock or traditional Ottoman music that’s connected to this Bursa, Turkey native’s ancestry. But he fell in love with jazz as a teen

Shawn Maxwell’s Alliance – Shawn Maxwell’s Alliance (2014)

Though my mind sometimes likes to classify all “big band” jazz into that Benny Goodman/Glenn Miller/Paul Whiteman box, doing so ignores the innovations in working with larger groups brought by Fletcher Henderson, Sun Ra and, mostly prominently, Duke Ellington.

George Benson – Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole (2013)

George Benson – Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole (2013)

George Benson’s chart successes in the 1970s and ’80s as a breezy R&B crooner have largely obscured his initial promise as a boss jazz guitarist with a intelligent, liquid tone — an heir to Wes Montgomery’s throne.

Billy Vera – Big Band Jazz (2013)

Billy Vera – Big Band Jazz (2013)

Anyone who came of age in the 1980s can instantly visualize one scene when hearing the name “Billy Vera and the Beaters”: Michael J. Fox and future wife Tracy Pollan slow dancing to “At This Moment” on the TV sitcom Family Ties.

‘That stuff is way downtown’: Is Van Halen’s David Lee Roth set to front the Duke Ellington Big Band?

‘That stuff is way downtown’: Is Van Halen’s David Lee Roth set to front the Duke Ellington Big Band?

Van Halen fans are rightly thrilled with the news that David Lee Roth is retaking the road after Eddie Van Halen’s recent health scares. But that’s not the only band he’ll apparently be fronting in 2013.

Ratchet Orchestra – Hemlock (2012)

Jazz performed by large orchestras make up a big, important part of the history of jazz but the kind of big bands that get me fired up the most are ones who break from convention and behave like a rowdy, small band.

Ezra Weiss – Our Path to This Moment (2012)

With Our Path to This Moment, composer, arranger and pianist Ezra Weiss takes to the big band format in grand, full style.

Ryan Truesdell and the Gil Evans Project – Centennial (2012)

Even the most noble of tribute efforts can be sunk by a maudlin sense of care, the feeling that the great works being presented are sacrosanct — rather than living, malleable pieces of art. This album deftly avoids those mistakes.

Jens Wendelboe Big Band – Fresh Heat (2012)

Jens Wendelboe is putting together some terrific stuff with his big band and Fresh Heat is the latest in what should be a regular occurrence on the jazz release calendar.