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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Vinyl LP in beautiful full-color jacket. This is how jazz was meant to be.

    Artwork by David J. Woodruff (www.davidjwoodruff.com)

    Also includes immediate download of 8-track album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.
    edition of 250 

      $18 USD


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From the first note of Just Friends, it's apparent that something different is on the turntable. The tempo has a somberness appropriate to the lyric and a deep pocket appropriate for the dance floor. This is no ballroom arrangement, however, as Ben Sampson's beautifully crafted trumpet solo extends the form, giving way to alto man Josh Johnson's stop time solo. We are left in the middle of the melody before the piece subtly fades in a variation of the earlier pedal bass.


from The Good News!, track released September 9, 2010
Just Friends written by John Klemmer and Sam Lewis (1931); Arranged by Matt Nowlin



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Matt Nowlin Jazz Orchestra Chicago, Illinois

In the hands of composer Matt Nowlin, swing is not a museum piece. Nowlin proves the genre can still hold fresh ideas. The foundation of it all is that steady groove that makes swing the essential American music. Here is a humble, middle-western American diving deep into one of the world’s most important musics and coming up with a sound simple and profound, overflowing with joy and exuberance. ... more

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