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Music Review: Count Basie and His Orchestra – ‘Basic Basie’ [Remastered]

Count Basie Basic Basie

Great soloists, tight ensemble work. Classic big bands are the crowning glory of the middle of the last century. Read More »

Music Review: The George Gee Swing Orchestra – ‘Swing Makes You Happy!’

Swing Makes You Happy final cover

'Swing Makes You Happy!' deserves that exclamation point in the title. Read More »

Music Review: Chris Walden Big Band – ‘Full On!’


An album to savor, one can only hope it won’t take another seven years for another. Read More »

Music Review: Tony Kadleck Big Band – ‘Around the Horn’

Tony Kadleck

Kadleck’s 'Around the Horn' is another in the spate of very fine big band albums released in recent months. Read More »

Music Review: The Bill Warfield Big Band Featuring Randy Brecker – ‘Trumpet Story’

The Bill Warfield Big Band Featuring Randy Brecker - 'Trumpet Story'

Randy Brecker and Bill Warfield make a combination that’s hard to beat. Read More »

Music Review: Kenny Lavender – ‘Conscious Journey Part 1 & 2′

Kenny Lavender

If you don’t like the big band sound, Lavender's "Caravan" may well change your mind. Read More »

Music Review: Doris Day – ‘The Essential Doris Day’ [2-CD Collection]


America's sweetheart of the 1950s and 1960s returns with an essential collection. Read More »

Music Review: Arturo O’Farrill and the Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra – ‘Final Night at Birdland’


Afro-Cuban jazz orchestra ends 14 year gig at Birdland. Read More »

Music Review: Roomful of Blues – ’45 Live’

Roomful of Blues

At the ripe age of 45, a live show from this jumpin' blues band celebrates even older American musical traditions. Read More »

Music Review: Swingadelic – ‘Toussaintville’


'Toussaintville' is Swingadelic's big band salute to the music of Allen Toussaint. Read More »