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Review by Scott Yanow Arranger Johnny Carisi (best known for composing and arranging “Israel” for the Miles Davis Birth of the Cool sessions) rarely recorded as a leader. Other than seven titles from 1956 reissued as part of a Bluebird CD, and a half-album for Impulse in 1961 that he shared with Cecil Taylor, this obscure LP was Carisi’s only ...

Review by Richard S. Ginell Fresh from the sudden success of Jazz Samba and “Desafinado,” Stan Getz asked the 28-year-old, strikingly gifted Gary McFarland to arrange a bossa nova album for big band as a follow-up. Getz is always his debonair, wistful, freely-floating self, completely at home in the Brazilian idiom that he’d adopted only a few months before. McFarland ...

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