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    A favorite here! (see thread #5)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baribrotzer View Post
    Splits the difference between prog and compositional jazz very effectively. Notice some of the reed doubles - Eb contra clarinet, anybody? - that the harpsichord player plays glockenspiel with her left hand while continuing the ostinato with her right during the piano solo, and that pianist's feet, which rival Barbara Dennerlein's for speed if not accuracy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baribrotzer View Post
    Some good stuff, but when she ventures into idiomatic jazz it falls a bit flat (IMO).
    Well, have to agree with you; I had big expectations about this effort but in the end, in general, some songs work better than others for example.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TCC View Post
    A favorite here! (see thread #5)

    Missed that. I just discovered them a few days ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoZo View Post
    All of the mentions here have been very exceptional. Huge fan of the Secret Society, among all the other big bands. I want to mention two that have not been mentioned here: The Maria Schneider Orchestra. Her last recording 'The Thompson Fields' is very impressionistic and almost classical in nature. I hear echoes of both jazz and Copeland. And let us not forget her collaboration with David Bowie on his piece Sue (or in a Season of Crime). Pretty brilliant all the way around.
    ...another fan of Maria Schneider here....


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    I was fortunate to meet Maria Schneider through mutual friends in 2000, shortly after Allégresse was released. She was here to conduct the student big band in a concert of her compositions, and the level of musicianship and commitment made for a remarkable concert. She was articulate yet very down-to-earth and humble, answering all questions thoughtfully and being very generous with her time. A few years ago I was able to see her orchestra up close and personal for two nights in a row during their annual Thanksgiving week residency at the Jazz Standard in Manhattan, and it was one of the most sublime and intense performances I've ever witnessed. The band members (each one a complete bad-ass) are all-in, and totally involved in bringing her unique music to life. I had tears in my eyes more than once during the set.
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    Not sure if this qualifies as a Big Band, but they did have 7 guys:

    https://youtu.be/PSTHMxBttlU

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mythos View Post
    Not sure if this qualifies as a Big Band, but they did have 7 guys:

    https://youtu.be/PSTHMxBttlU
    Good call!
    Actually, there“re ska orchestras, for example:

    - Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra - "Theme from the Godfather".
    https://youtu.be/DQmAUjw_fsg

    - Melbourne Ska Orchestra:
    https://youtu.be/N6EmeQVB7VM

    - North East Ska Jazz Orchestra - "Take Five": Nice!!.
    https://youtu.be/wJl0fpUc4U8

    - Etc., etc..
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    Revisiting this one. Music composed by John Hollenbeck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarThrower View Post

    Revisiting this one. Music composed by John Hollenbeck.
    Orchestre National de Jazz had an interesting concept. Every three years, the sponsor of the group - which I think was the French Ministry of Culture - hired a new artistic director, and he hired a new band. It didn't have to be a conventional Big Band line up, and many of them weren't. Then the director wrote and commissioned music for the group, and they recorded and released it. This approach was quite different from most officially-supported jazz groups, and avoided the problems of, say, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra - which has been Wynton's group from the very beginning, and (it could be argued) has suffered badly from his fixation on the past as opposed to the future.

    But it looks like the French aren't supporting an ONJ any more, and that's a shame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarThrower View Post
    Missed that. I just discovered them a few days ago.
    Hello StarThrower!.
    A little recommendation if you don't mind and in the mood of "Big Heart Machine" kind of:

    - liddle (2019) is the new project of Brian Krock (alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet), he wrote the arrangements-etc. of Big Heart Machine: liddle is on my top 15 for this 2019.

    https://bigheartmachine.bandcamp.com/album/liddle

    "January 27, 2019
    Hi all,
    I'm excited to let you know that my next record, LIDDLE, is coming out on April 26 on Outside in Music. The release of Big Heart Machine was so successful and satisfying, so I decided to work with the exact same team to make this new project a reality".



    More info:
    https://www.briankrock.com/

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    Finally,
    I'm digging:

    We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration
    by Art Ensemble of Chicago



    https://artensembleofchicago.bandcam...ry-celebration

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    Cheers,
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    Here's an interesting one, which I first heard about when I met Denzel Mendoza, a trombonist who plays on the record. American Dreamers by The John Daversa Big Band, which won several Jazz Grammys this year. I think it's mostly arrangements of covers, such as this one: a version of "Living in America" by Childish Gambino (the actor Donald Glover's rap persona), and which sounds like Daversa wrote the melody by building it on the rhythm of Glover's rapping.



    There's quite an interesting story behind the project, which I won't go into as per Terms of Service, but can be read about here: http://www.dreamersjazz.us/about/

    More tracks can be heard here: https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...g+daca+artists
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    Quote Originally Posted by TCC View Post
    Hello StarThrower!.
    A little recommendation if you don't mind and in the mood of "Big Heart Machine" kind of:

    - liddle (2019) is the new project of Brian Krock (alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet), he wrote the arrangements-etc. of Big Heart Machine: liddle is on my top 15 for this 2019.

    https://bigheartmachine.bandcamp.com/album/liddle

    "January 27, 2019
    Hi all,
    I'm excited to let you know that my next record, LIDDLE, is coming out on April 26 on Outside in Music. The release of Big Heart Machine was so successful and satisfying, so I decided to work with the exact same team to make this new project a reality".



    More info:
    https://www.briankrock.com/

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    Finally,
    I'm digging:

    We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration
    by Art Ensemble of Chicago



    https://artensembleofchicago.bandcam...ry-celebration

    Life is good!.

    Cheers,
    Tomąs.
    Question regarding that Art Ensemble set: I've listened to the sample tracks provided and I have to ask...is the majority of the set like Oasis At Dusk and/or Tutankhamen or more like I Greet You With Open Arms and Variations & Sketches...? I quite like the former but the latter leaves me cold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobo Chang Ba View Post
    Question regarding that Art Ensemble set: I've listened to the sample tracks provided and I have to ask...is the majority of the set like Oasis At Dusk and/or Tutankhamen or more like I Greet You With Open Arms and Variations & Sketches...? I quite like the former but the latter leaves me cold.
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    I've listened to some of the "Symphonic Jazz" stuff and I have to ask, under what dispensation this stuff can be called jazz? Even Leonard Bernstein was jazzier than this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    I've listened to some of the "Symphonic Jazz" stuff and I have to ask, under what dispensation this stuff can be called jazz? Even Leonard Bernstein was jazzier than this.
    S.L.:
    Good observation.
    I made a little research:

    - Wikipedia.
    "The fusion of jazz's rhythmic and instrumental characteristics with the scale and structure of an orchestra, made orchestral jazz distinct from the musical genres that preceded its emergence. Its development contributed both to the popularization of jazz, as well as the critical legitimization of jazz as an art form."
    "A movement emerged during the 1920s, however, indebted in part to Paul Whiteman's musical influence. This movement led to the more stylized, and more formal variety of jazz that would become orchestral jazz, imagined first by Whiteman as symphonic jazz. "

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orchestral_jazz

    - Nice video:
    https://vimeo.com/65033884

    - Symphonic jazz: a history ()
    http://www.jazzwisemagazine.com/arti...jazz-a-history
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    Digging:

    Beats & Pieces Big Band - ten. -live-



    time:
    https://youtu.be/BcsthcURn3o

    Recommended!.

    More:
    https://music.beatsnpieces.net/album/ten

    "Exactly ten years on from that first meeting, we invited an audience of friends, family and key supporters to the same RNCM rehearsal space for a special anniversary gig, documented here."
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    Dave Holland Big Band.His album, Overtime, is a winner.Here's a clip from a live show by the band.Enjoy.

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    Burnt Sugar is Greg Tate's conduction big band project.This live set is probably my fave of 'em all.

    https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/burntsugar6
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    Recent discovery.

    theBABAorchestra

    Lead by Los Angeles based composer and arranger, Lauren Elizabeth Baba.

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    Now playing and finally have it:
    (happy!)

    Michael Gibbs & the NDR Bigband - Back in The Days.


    "With Back in the Days, Cuneiform continues its important rescue of vital music from UK (or, in the case of Gibbs, UK-based) artists ranging from recently deceased composer/arranger Graham Collier to saxophonist John Surman and bassist Henry Miller."

    "But there are others who've been shaping music for large ensembles in ways that are no less definitive and just as personal.
    Michael Gibbs is one such figure. With far too many of his relatively few recordings as a leader out of print, Back in the Days serves as a welcome reminder that the nearly 75 year-old Gibbs is still with us, and still making terrific music."


    Agree with ours J.K.!.

    More:
    https://www.allaboutjazz.com/michael...ohn-kelman.php
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    Hello Gang!.

    - [A​]​part by Ellen Kirkwood + Sirens Big Band.



    Ellen Kirkwood's [A]part - Live Excerpts.


    I liked this album and with each new listening, I enjoy it more and I convince myself of the specialness of its music and background/message:

    - [A]part 1 - The internet: wonder and malignance.
    - [A]part 2 - On the refugee crisis.
    - [A]part 3 - Greed and climate change.
    - [A]part 4 - The present: reflections and reactions.

    "[A]part traverses a diverse series of moods and influences. The musical metamorphosis from one section to another sees a vast array of ideas and styles including neo-classicism, chorale, afro-cuban, afrobeat and electronica"

    Featured artists:
    Andrea Keller - piano
    Sandy Evans - soprano and tenor saxophones
    Gian Slater* - vocals

    More:
    https://ellenkirkwood.bandcamp.com/album/a-part
    (released October 18, 2018)

    Recommended!
    Cheers!
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