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Full Moon Hacksaw

Uptem­po big band is the name of the game yet lets not for­get what makes jazz improv around a melody, often but always famil­iar. After Woody Her­man and Bri­an Dick­in­son orches­tras (but before Thad Jones and Mel Lewis) comes singer Nan­cy Harms, tenor sax from a cou­ple suave guys Har­ry Allen and Zoot Sims. Louis Bell­son gets us thru hot weath­er, and Mar­cus Miller fea­tures bass clar­inet among oth­er horn guests harken­ing back to oth­er Blue Note records record­ings in this case includ­ing spir­i­tu­al choir. Patrick Zim­mer­li gives one of his tracks to pianist Ethan Iver­son with okay forward/​free think­ing. Hack­saw Philharmonic.”