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Finding Joe Castro's 'Passion Flower'

Jazz's Joe Castro is always in the groove and the other players in the pocket. There's a uniformity of taste on these records despite their different sources, styles, and periods from which they originally emerged.

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'The Song Is You' Is the Sinatra Biography That’s Not a Biography

The revised and expanded version of Will Friedwald's acclaimed Sinatra book, The Song Is You, is about the music and nothing but the music.

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Glenn Miller and the End of an Era

Setting the record straight about the tragic ending of legendary Big Band leader/trombonist Glenn Miller.

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Maynard Ferguson: The New Sounds of Maynard Ferguson / Come Blow Your Horn

These two albums do not blow the lid off tradition – they are the sound of big band raucous being played for its own sake.

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Daniel Jamieson’s Danjam Orchestra: Sudden Appearance

Composer/arranger Daniel Jamieson fits big band music to his specifications.

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Richie Beirach/Dave Liebman: Quest for Freedom

Two guardians of contemporary jazz take a big band and twist it.

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Either/Orchestra: Mood Music for Time Travellers

Ever the cure for the common swing, Russ Gershon's Either/Orchestra proves once again that the band is unlike any other.

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Follow Your Heart: Moving with the Giants of Jazz, Swing, and Rhythm and Blues by Joe Evans

It's fun discovering that Jackie Wilson used to be a prizefighter or imagining band members waking up a drugged-out Charlie Parker right before his solo.


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