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Superb Music by A Master

Hank Levy was by far the most innovative big band writer of the 20th century. I had the honor of playing in his band at Towson State University. He was the man. This is a great album!!!

Wow

I am from Baltimore and Im going to Towson next year. My school played both "On Green Dolphin Street" and "Latintensity" two years ago and we couldn't find any recordings of the songs anywhere. Not only are both of those songs played very well by the Ambassadors but they make every song sound easy, which they are not! And unlike many of Hank's albums where only a few lead players are featured, this album has almost the whole group soloing; and what great solos. An amazing buy for any fan of Hank, The Ambassadors or Big Band Jazz

Remebering A Great Jazz Composer

Hank Levy was best known for his work as a jazz composer and arranger, notably with bands led by Don Ellis and Stan Kenton, and later for his work as a jazz educator. He graduated from the City College in Baltimore, and studied at the College of William and Mary, the Peabody Conservatory, the Catholic University of America, and Towsend University, where he received his doctorate. He attended the Navy School of Music during his military service in the late 1940s. He joined the Stan Kenton Orchestra as a baritone saxophonist in 1953. Although the job lasted only six months, he remained on friendly terms with Kenton, and became an arranger for the band in 1969. He had arranged for Sal Salvador and Don Ellis in the 1960s. He was interested in giving jazz what he called "a kick in the rear end" by using odd meters like 5/4, 7/4, 9/4 and 13/8, and by employing unusual harmonies and voicing. His music was considered difficult to master but rewarding to play by the various bands with which he was associated, including his own groups. Hank Levy truly revolutionized modern Jazz music. It's easy to hear his influence when listening to artists like Dave Brubeck with Take Five or many others. If you love great jazz music or just great music from American history you should definitely check this album out. Baltimore natives will especially enjoy this album but no matter what city you are from you are sure to appreciate Hanks challenging but excellent musical compositions. Though his works are considering challenging the US Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors make them sound easy with their excellent performance on this album. This album is part of a legacy of series by the Jazz Ambassadors and if you like you should check out some of the other albums in the series. Including The Legacy of Stan Keaton and The Legacy of Sammy Nestico both by the US Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors. Whether you go with this album or one of those you are certain to great album that you will listen to again and again. army band , army bands , army field band , army the band , band army of , army brass band , army band new , united states army band , and army band, army band music , army marching band , states army band , army band concert , army band of the , army national band , army of one band

The Legacy of Hank Levy, US Army Field Band - Jazz Ambassadors
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Rock
  • Released: May 07, 2007

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