Johnny Hodges Big Band

Johnny Hodges & Wild Bill Davis - Blue Hodge (2007) {Lonehill LHJ10286 rec 1961-66}

Johnny Hodges & Wild Bill Davis - Blue Hodge (2007) {Lonehill LHJ10286 rec 1961-66}
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© 1961-66, 2007 Verve / Lone Hill Jazz | LHJ10286
Jazz / Blues / Jazz Blues / Saxophone / Organ / Guitar

The Johnny Hodges-Wild Bill Davis Project, Vol. 4. BLUE HODGE (LP). This out-of-print LP (which has not yet been reissued on CD) is the earliest of several matchups between altoist Johnny Hodges and organist Wild Bill Davis. With the assistance of Les Spann on guitar and flute, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Louis Hayes, Hodges and Davis mostly stick to fresh material, including three then-recent originals by Gary McFarland. Highlights include "Azure Te," "It Shouldn't Happen to a Dream" and "There Is No Greater Love," in addition to some swinging blues.
Johnny Hodges And His Orchestra - Used To Be Duke (1954) [Reissue 2009]

Johnny Hodges And His Orchestra - Used To Be Duke (1954) [Reissue 2009]
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Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Verve Records (0602517967151)

Recorded during his five year "vacation" from Duke Ellington's orchestra, this Johnny Hodges set features his band sticking mostly to standards. With trumpeter Harold "Shorty" Baker, trombonist Lawrence Brown, baritonist Harry Carney, pianist Call Cobbs, or Richie Powell, bassist John Williams, drummer Louis Bellson, and either Jimmy Hamilton or John Coltrane (who unfortunately does not solo) on tenor, Hodges had a particularly strong group. High points include "On the Sunny Side of the Street," the title track and a seven-song ballad medley.
Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis - Big Band Holidays (2015) **[RE-UP]**

Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis - Big Band Holidays (2015)
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Genre: jazz, big band

Big Band Holidays is a 2015 CD by The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, featuring Wynton Marsalis. Some of the musicians joining him include Chris Crenshaw, Vincent Gardner, Elliot Mason, Kenny Rampton, Ted Nash, Victor Goines, Paul Nedzela, and many more.

Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass - Big Band Christmas (1998)  Music

Posted by Designol at Dec. 7, 2017
Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass - Big Band Christmas (1998)

Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass - Big Band Christmas (1998)
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Bop, Swing, Big Band, Mainstream Jazz, Holidays, Christmas | Label: Concord | # CCD-4844-2

Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass add plenty of spice to this Christmas jazz CD, not only with superb, fresh charts but a few surprising selections. The rich brass and reeds carry the deliberate rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," which segues into a perky Latin-flavored chart of "I'll Be Home for Christmas." "Away in a Manger" is not the commonly heard melody but one first written in 1887, though the music will likely be familiar, even if one doesn't associate it with the well-known lyrics. The lush setting of "The Christmas Song," which likely set Mel Tormé and Bob Wells for life with royalty checks due to its many recordings, showcases the leader's valve trombone and pianist David Restivo. "My Favorite Things," originally written for The Sound of Music, has gradually been transformed into double duty as a Christmas carol; this swinging interpretation works very well. Johnny Mandel, the composer of many memorable melodies, deserves greater recognition for his gorgeous piece "A Christmas Love Song"; this arrangement deserved to help put it on the jazz map. Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass consistently delivered first-rate music throughout their existence, this holiday CD no exception.
Vienna Art Orchestra - The Big Band Years 1993-2007 (2010) {4CD Box Set EmArcy-Universal 0602527539966}

Vienna Art Orchestra - The Big Band Years 1993-2007 (2010) {4CD Box Set EmArcy-Universal 0602527539966}
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© 1993-2007, 2010 EmArcy / Universal | 0602527539966}
Jazz / Modern Big Band / Experimental Big Band / Progressive Jazz

The Vienna Art Orchestra is a 15-member jazz orchestra that features the avant-garde arrangements and compositions of its leader, pianist Mathias Ruegg. This is a reissue of their 1980 debut, an important document in the post-modern jazz movement. The opening, title track is a joyous, folkish tango that's been cartoonishly toyed with, featuring three solo sections. The marimba section is also ornamented with vocalese from Lauren Newton, followed by an extremely playful horn lead that sounds like a toy instrument. The solo offering from violinist Rudi Berger has an electronically effected fusion sound. A tight, alto sax solo by Wolfgang Puschnig ties everything together neatly with a lengthy, unaccompanied performance.

Larry Carlton & the SWR Big Band - Lights On (2017)  Music

Posted by Domestos at Nov. 22, 2017
Larry Carlton & the SWR Big Band - Lights On (2017)

Larry Carlton & the SWR Big Band - Lights On (2017)
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Bop, Fusion, Jazz Big Band | Label: Monsters Of Rock

Legendary guitarist Larry Carlton & the SWR Big Band team up for a new production! Combining his roots in blues and jazz with a crossover pop rock sensibility, Carlton's unmistakable sound is marked by his signature warm tone, bright melodies and soulful guitar solos. Four time Grammy winner, Titan of Tone award recipient and legendary guitar great, Larry Carlton is one of the most influential, prolific and original guitarists in the industry. Carlton established himself from his first recording, A Little Help From My Friends. His studio credits include musicians and groups like Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr., Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Bobby Bland, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and literally dozens of others. He went on to perform with the Crusaders and then with the multi platinum jazz super group Fourplay. With 30 albums to his credit and having performed on over 100 albums that have gone Gold or Platinum, Larry Carlton has set a standard for artistry that spans three decades.
Jack McDuff Big Band - Prelude (2003) {Prestige PRCD-24283-2 rec 1963-66}

Jack McDuff Big Band - Prelude (2003) {Prestige PRCD-24283-2 rec 1963-66}
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© 1963-66, 2003 Prestige / Fantasy | PRCD-24283-2
Jazz / Hard Bop / Soul Jazz / Organ

Prelude was a successful match of McDuff's small-combo organ jazz with big band arrangements by Benny Golson. In part, that was because the blend was well-executed, never fighting with or drowning out McDuff's organ. But it was also because the mixture made it stand out amidst the scads of organ jazz records being churned out in the early '60s. While a very young George Benson was in the core quartet on guitar, a dozen others supplemented the players, including trumpets, trombones, French horns, and saxophones.

Stan Getz - Big Band Bossa Nova (1962) [Reissue 2008]  Music

Posted by gribovar at Nov. 13, 2017
Stan Getz - Big Band Bossa Nova (1962) [Reissue 2008]

Stan Getz - Big Band Bossa Nova (1962) [Reissue 2008]
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Genre: Jazz, Bossa Nova | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Verve Records (0602517679207)

Fresh from the sudden success of Jazz Samba and "Desafinado," Stan Getz asked the 28-year-old, strikingly gifted Gary McFarland to arrange a bossa nova album for big band as a follow-up. Getz is always his debonair, wistful, freely-floating self, completely at home in the Brazilian idiom that he'd adopted only a few months before. McFarland usually keeps things nice and spare (although "One Note Samba" is uncharacteristically cluttered and a bit too discordant for the material), letting his pungent voicings stab the air now and then, while allowing the soloists all the room they want within the confines of producer Creed Taylor's tight timings…
Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges - Play The Blues - Back To Back (1959) {Verve Master Edition 521 404-2 rel 1997}

Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges - Play The Blues - Back To Back (1959) {Verve Master Edition 521 404-2 rel 1997}
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© 1959, 1997 Verve / PolyGram | Verve Master Edition 521 404-2
Jazz / Jazz Blues / Piano / Saxophone

These distinctive small-group sessions, featuring Duke Ellington as pianist in a blues context, are part of a group of recordings issued under the confusing titles Back to Back and Side by Side, and further reissued under the not particularly distinctive name of Blues Summit. But there should be no confusion about the high quality of music that came out of these sessions – it is all "cooking with gas" as the expression goes. From the jazz world, it would be difficult to find more profound soloists on traditional blues numbers than the Duke or his longtime collaborator Johnny Hodges, who does some of the most soulful playing of his career here.

Wolverines Big Band - Shanghai Shuffle (1986)  Music

Posted by Domestos at Oct. 30, 2017
Wolverines Big Band - Shanghai Shuffle (1986)

Wolverines Big Band - Shanghai Shuffle (1986)
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Big Band, Swing | Label: ProJazz (CDJ 618)

Formed in 1973, the band started out performing transcriptions of the music of the “hot” orchestras, popular between the World Wars. House gigs in the early years included such Jazz Age nightspots as Scottie’s On Seventh, the Commodore, and Castle Royale. They opened for Sarah Vaughan and Manhattan Transfer, and performed on the initial broadcasts of A Prairie Home Companion. Their first four albums received the coveted four star review in Downbeat magazine. They even played Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural Ball.