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The Jim Knapp Orchestra: It’s Not Business, It’s Personal (album review by Christa V.)

The Jim Knapp Orchestra is a 13 piece big band led by the trumpeter and composer Jim Knapp. The group primarily plays his original compositions, with no shortage of gusto! The tightness of the ensemble is incredible, you can tell that this is a group of musicians who have been playing together for a while and have experience. Additionally the solos are beautiful and really let the individual musicians shine. Of particular note is the trumpet solo during “Gray Skies” which is carried out with masterful precision and musicality. Overall though, it’s the compositions themselves that shine through here, the pieces seem to be crafted for this particular group of people and you can tell in the way they come together and are performed. Favorite tracks: 3, 5, 8

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