Modern Big Band Jazz Recomendations?

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  1. Tom_Mack

    Tom_Mack Stunt Coordinator

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    My CD collection is mostly 70s rock, but I do also like many of the post 60s big band jazz. I have been listening to a lot of Maynard Ferguson CDs lately. I like the big band sound with the occasional trace of rock influence. When I am in the mood for a quieter sound, I will pop in one of Harry Connick Jr's big band CDs.

    Unfortunately, I have no idea where to go from here. I have grown to like the powerful big band sound (especially when they mix in an electric guitar/bass).

    What other groups/artists should I be looking into?
     
  2. John Kotches

    John Kotches Cinematographer

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    Tom:

    The Bob Mintzer Big Band's entire catalog is an excellent choice.

    Also, look for material from the Big Phat Band.

    Cheers,
     
  3. Lee Scoggins

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    Look at Paquito D'Rivera Tropicana Nights on Chesky Records. [​IMG]
     
  4. Mike Broadman

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    Dave Holland, who normally plays with his awesome quintet, released an album of big band stuff, which is basically just his quintet with more people. The album is called Not For Nothin' and it gets my highest recommendation.
     
  5. Julian Reville

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    I second the Big Phat Band nomination. I'm not sure about availability on CD, but The Tonight Show Band with Doc Severinsen made 2 good volumes (I & II, duh) in 1986, that I have on LP. They power on pretty well, but the trumpet can get a little shrill.

    The various Buddy Rich Bands can be good to excellent with the occasional crapper. More drums than bass, though.
     
  6. Chris Stainton

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    One of my favorites is "Bug Music" by Don Byron.
     

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