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July 31, 2008


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Jon Foley

Bill Holman's arrangement of "Stella By Starlight" on Contemporary Concepts is one of my all-time favorite performances. Just listen to the writing in the first 45 seconds - the way the chords keep building, with the notes within the chords constantly changing. And what a soulful solo by Charlie Mariano - a criminally underrated jazz master. If this track doesn't make you get goosebumps, then maybe jazz isn't your cup of tea. A masterpiece.


Thanks for the leads on where to find this oft hard to find music.

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