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Music Review: Mehmet Ali Sanlikol & Whatsnext? – ‘Resolution’

With a definite split in personality over the nine tracks that compose the album – something to be expected perhaps when we’re talking about an album that dances from big band jazz to Turkish folk melodies to something that’s almost reggae – 'Resolution' is definitely one of the more interesting listens I’ve happened upon in months.

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Music Review: Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra – ‘Portraits and Places’

After years of writing for Dave Liebman’s Big Band, the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Bill Mobley’s Smoke Big Band, and the BMI Jazz Composers Orchestra, brassman/composer Scott Reeves launched his own 16-piece jazz orchestra in 2008. Their 2016 debut release, Portraits and Places, features seven Reeves originals, along with his arrangement of Jobim’s, “Waters of March.” He has forged an original compositional style which All About Jazz described as “varied and substantial, ranging from hard bop and Latin oriented themes...to French impressionist influences. His arrangements are restless, full of color, and provide ample solo space...amidst variable underpinnings.”

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Concert/Theater Review (Off-Broadway NYC): ‘The Count Meets The Duke’ Celebrates Count Basie and Duke Ellington

Count Basie and Duke Ellington, both phenomenal pianists, composers and bandleaders were fierce competitors. But not at the recording studio or concert hall.

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