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The Jazz All Stars, Vol. 1

Looking at what's ahead on dancer Piero Pata's label Le Coq, Trio caught my eye being a committed but hopefully not completely deranged, touch wood, Vinnie Colaiuta fan. First things first. Vinnie is among the cockadoodledo constellation of drum …

Published: 18 Jan 2021. Updated: 6 months.

Looking at what's ahead on dancer Piero Pata's label Le Coq, Trio caught my eye being a committed but hopefully not completely deranged, touch wood, Vinnie Colaiuta fan.

First things first. Vinnie is among the cockadoodledo constellation of drum talent on the outstanding All-Stars release The Jazz All Stars, Vol 1. When Marvin 'Smitty' Smith and Weather Report Black Market and Heavy Weather legend Alex Acuña knit in behind rousing horns and soulful John Beasley lines a case of nail-yourself-to-the-floor for health and safety considerations are applicable on 'Log Jammin''. Because the turbulence of sliced up supergroove runs amok. Pianist Bill Cunliffe, in that trio mentioned above that's coming up with Vinnie and John Patitucci, has completely captured this one throughout in terms of flow in the musical direction. Rolls-Royce audio quality it's clear even listening to it just now as a highly compressed stream, will poke your ears out to further up the impact in tandem with the sleekness of the carefully honed arrangements. New tunes jostle with the classics, sections intertwine so you can't see anything beneath the feathers, this starship shimmers, pulsates and flies like a big baaad bird. SG. Bill Cunliffe, pictured.

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Renowned Straightahead Basie arranger Sammy Nestico has died

Tributes are pouring in on social media to the Count Basie arranger Sammy Nestico who has died. He was 96. Sammy Nestico changed my life. He lit the flame for my love of big band music back when I was in middle school. And the fact that this man …

Published: 18 Jan 2021. Updated: 6 months.

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Tributes are pouring in on social media to the Count Basie arranger Sammy Nestico who has died. He was 96.

Nestico for 14 years was an arranger for the Count Basie Orchestra. Of Italian descent he grew up in Pittsburgh, playing trombone as a child and starting to gig in clubs. During World War II he was in the US Army Band and later the US Air Force and Marine Corps bands. With Basie he recorded 10 albums together including several Grammy winners. For film and TV he wrote themes and incidental music for hit shows including The Mary Tyler Moore Show and MASH.