The Big Band Rises Again

Source: The New York Times.

A rigorous, composerly view of the big band has continued to thrive in small pockets of the New York and European music scenes. And today — when big, associative ideas and limitless ambition are the coin of the realm — that tradition is finding new resonance. The saxophonist Kamasi Washington, jazz’s pre-eminent crossover star, has turned heads with the enormity and zeal of his approach, sometimes using dozens of musicians at once. But in New York City, musicians springing from jazz’s academic mainstream are going a slightly different way.