Large Groups & Big Band Jazz
Willis - Sanctuary
Larrys on-fire piano leads a world-class quintet in a soaring, swinging exploration of matters of the soul and spirit. Slide Hampton says, Man, Larrys playin like hes on a mission! more...
Foster's Loud Minority Band
- We Do It Diff'rent
In Franks words, This is something quite different Im not trying to revolutionize the big band, Im just telling it the way I hear it with thirteen horns and a rhythm section. more...
- Bringing Home The Flame: From Havana To Africa
For years, Ive been itchin to find someone to lay down a heavy duty Latin jazz CD, something closer to the Afro-Cuban roots than todays fare. Then my friend Asante, the legendary master drummer from Ghana, discovered this red hot young lion of Latin pianoand promptly brought him north to the U.S. more...
O'Rourke and Lewis Nash's Celtic Jazz Collective
They created a historic first and they made fun music: their infectious Afro-Caribbean-Celtic grooves will have you popping your fingers and step-dancing, whether youre a jazzer or a Gael. more...
Sumter with the Larry Willis Quartet
Over the past 3 years, Ive watched Sunny mature into one of the East Coasts most soulful ballad singers. So much so that I jumped at the chance to record this CD, her second. Larry Willis soulful piano chops bought out Sunnys most gorgeous interpretations of Sarah, Billie and Stevie Wonder songs. more...
- Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
The Jumpers have been a staple of the vital East Coast swing dance scene for over a decade. They exude the jitterbug beat of Harlem, the LA jump blues of the 50s, and the soulful raunch of NOrleans R&B. Throw in the sultry momma-wouldnt-approve vocals of Marianna. Whatcha got? more...
- A Deeper Well
Rebeccas all star sextetincluding Jack Walrath, Steve Novosel, and Steve Berriosdoes her proud. Sonically, a dazzling percussion soundscape envelopes the ringing warmth of her Steinway. The woody resonance of the plucked bass is perfect; the trumpets staccato attack is two feet in front of you. more...
Jeffers New York Classics Big Band
- New York Dances
The trademark low brass punch of the NY Classics knocks out audiences all over the Big Apple, me included. Not so much a jamming big band like Cliffords, theyre more in the tightly-knit Ellington groove. more...
Clifford Jordan Big Band
- Play What You Feel
Cliffords big band wasnt a machine of stunning precision like the Basie Band. It was a warm and swinging group with great jazz soloists, akin to Dizzys big band from the late 40s. more...
- Young Warrior, Old Warrior
If youre a fan of blues-steeped jazz with an unstoppable groove, you have to hear this CD. The line-up is stellar: Bluiett on bari sax; ex-Mingus star Jack Walrath on trumpet; young lion Mark Shim on tenor and a peerless rhythm sectionLarry Willis, Keter Betts and Jimmy Cobb. more...
La Carte Brass and Percussion
- Boogeyin'! Swamprock, Salsa & 'Trane
A La Carte serves up a New Orleans street band marinated with a hot salsa percussion section. The brass section stomps like the Dirty Dozen and moans like a Bourbon Street funeral.. more...