Three Octets

As I pointed out here and here earlier this year in surveys of medium-sized bands, Six to eleven pieces allow arrangers freedom that the conventions and sheer size of sixteen-piece bands tend to limit. Medium-sized groups have been important since the beginnings of jazz. They continue to be important. Here are three recent examples, quite different from one another. Felipe Salles, South American Suite (Curare Records). Salles performs on several reed instruments. He is exceptional in his … [Read more...]