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Big Band Jazz

Larry Willis

Larry Willis - Sanctuary
Larry’s on-fire piano leads a world-class quintet in a soaring, swinging exploration of matters of the soul and spirit. Slide Hampton says, “Man, Larry’s playin’ like he’s on a mission!” more...
Frank Foster

Frank Foster's Loud Minority Band - We Do It Diff'rent
In Frank’s words, “This is something quite different…I’m not trying to revolutionize the big band, I’m just telling it the way I hear it with thirteen horns and a rhythm section.” more...

Asante - Bringing Home The Flame: From Havana To Africa
For years, I’ve been itchin’ to find someone to lay down a heavy duty Latin jazz CD, something closer to the Afro-Cuban roots than today’s fare. Then my friend Asante, the legendary master drummer from Ghana, discovered this red hot young lion of Latin piano—and promptly brought him north to the U.S. more...
Celtic Jazz Collective

David O'Rourke and Lewis Nash's Celtic Jazz Collective
They created a historic first and they made fun music: their infectious Afro-Caribbean-Celtic grooves will have you popping your fingers and step-dancing, whether you’re a jazzer or a Gael. more...
Sunny Sumter

Sunny Sumter with the Larry Willis Quartet - Sunny
Over the past 3 years, I’ve watched Sunny mature into one of the East Coast’s most soulful ballad singers. So much so that I jumped at the chance to record this CD, her second. Larry Willis’ soulful piano chops bought out Sunny’s most gorgeous interpretations of Sarah, Billie and Stevie Wonder songs. more...
J Street Jumpers

J Street Jumpers - Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
The Jumpers have been a staple of the vital East Coast swing dance scene for over a decade. They exude the jitterbug beat of Harlem, the LA jump blues of the ’50s, and the soulful raunch of N’Orleans R&B. Throw in the sultry momma-wouldn’t-approve vocals of Marianna. What’cha got? more...
Rebecca Kane

Rebecca Kane Sextet - A Deeper Well
Rebecca’s all star sextet—including Jack Walrath, Steve Novosel, and Steve Berrios—does her proud. Sonically, a dazzling percussion soundscape envelopes the ringing warmth of her Steinway. The woody resonance of the plucked bass is perfect; the trumpet’s staccato attack is two feet in front of you. more...
New York Dances

Jack Jeffers New York Classics Big Band - New York Dances
The trademark low brass punch of the NY Classics knocks out audiences all over the Big Apple, me included. Not so much a jamming big band like Clifford’s, they’re more in the tightly-knit Ellington groove. more...
Clifford Jordan

The Clifford Jordan Big Band - Play What You Feel
Clifford’s big band wasn’t a machine of stunning precision like the Basie Band. It was a warm and swinging group with great jazz soloists, akin to Dizzy’s big band from the late ’40s. more...
Hamiet Bluiett

Hamiet Bluiett Sextet - Young Warrior, Old Warrior
If you’re a fan of blues-steeped jazz with an unstoppable groove, you have to hear this CD. The line-up is stellar: Bluiett on bari sax; ex-Mingus star Jack Walrath on trumpet; young lion Mark Shim on tenor and a peerless rhythm section—Larry Willis, Keter Betts and Jimmy Cobb. more...
A La Carte Brass & Percussion

A La Carte Brass and Percussion - Boogeyin'! Swamprock, Salsa & 'Trane
A La Carte serves up a New Orleans street band marinated with a hot salsa percussion section. The brass section stomps like the Dirty Dozen and moans like a Bourbon Street funeral.. more...