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August 02, 2011


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Bill Kirchner

By any chance, is his father Jay Daversa, a jazz trumpeter who played with Kenton in the '60s and has been active in L.A. ever since? Seems like too much of a coincidence.

James Cimarusti

Yes, Jay and John are father and son. I had the great pleasure of hearing them together and individually fronting a big band at one of the Los Angeles Jazz Institute's functions and they played superbly. I believe John has recorded with other big bands prior to this recording.


John and his guys tears it up - I can't wait to listen to the album

Rab Hines

Very intriguing - this goes to he top of my list when shopping this week.


Larry Kart

Ordered it.

Larry Kart

Ordered a copy. Very interesting so far (I'm about halfway through). Orchestral execution is impressive, as is clarity and presence of the recording. Would like to hear more solo work from the horn players. All I recall to this point is a trumpet solo and a flute solo -- both nice, though.

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