The Hot Box #046 - Big Sounds - Jazz Podcast with Donald Helme

There are few sounds in jazz more appealing than that of a big fat unit comprising around 17 musicians, well drilled, swinging, and with star solo improvisations on top. The 46th Hot Box celebrates some of those sounds with a mix of familiar and unfamiliar, including The New Irish Jazz Orchestra, whose formerly unpublished pieces from live concert performance are featured here. Also sit back and enjoy two wonderful tracks from Fred Hersch’s brand new album - a significant departure for him - with the WDR Big Band under the direction of the multi-award winning arranger Vince Mendoza.

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Track List for The Hot Box #046 - Big Sounds

# Artist Track Title Time
01 Michel Camilo One More Once 00:00
02 Fred Hersch & WDR Big Band Begin Again 01:50
03 Paul Dunlea & The New Irish Jazz Orchestra Inner Urge 11:16
04 The Jaco Pastorius Big Band Wiggle Waggle 25:54
05 The 14 Jazz Orchestra Armando’s Rhumba 32:37
06 The 14 Jazz Orchestra Rice Pudding 37:44
07 The Clare Fischer Big Band Jumping Jacks 42:26
08 Fred Hersch & WDR Big Band Song Without Words 50:34
09 Paul Dunlea & The New Irish Jazz Orchestra Corner Tree 56:18
Donald Helme
Author: Donald Helme
Donald presented Jazz Alley, Ireland’s number one jazz show, on RTE Lyric FM from the station’s first week on air until the end of 2015. “I am not a musician, and have never pretended to be anything other than a lifetime fan with loads of experience and hopefully, good ears.”
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