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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

CD Review: SNJO - American Adventure

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra led by Tommy Smith + Mike Stern (gtr); Kurt Elling (vcl); Joe Locke (vbs); Donny McCaslin (fl/ten); Dacid Kikoski (pno); David Liebman (sop); Randy Brecker (tpt); Bill Evans (ten); Michael Dease (tmb); Joel Frahm (ten); Clarence Penn (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Another blockbuster from our friends north of the border recorded in New York last year as part of their USA/Canada tour. Augmented on different tracks by the above artists it is no surprise that this is a big band disc to check out. The arrangements are imaginative. Penned by an assortment of writers including Smith, Fred Sturm, Geoffrey Keezer, Jacob Mann and Jim McNeely, they show the power and scope of the orchestra to its best advantage in a contemporary setting unlike the fayre we're accustomed to hearing from them (Kenton, Ellington etc.)
My only minor misgiving is that, apart from Alyn Cosker (drums) and 16 bars tenor from leader Smith, we don't get to hear from the many great soloists within the band - Quigley, Pattison, Wiszniewski, Kellock to name but four. However, this is a small price to pay for what we do get which is knock-out performances by eleven of New York's finest!
My CD of 2013 was the band's In The Spirit of Duke (to be performed live at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival in April). American Adventure could well be my 2014 choice!
The CD, American Adventure by the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra is due to be released on February 17 by Spartacus Records.
Lance.

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