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RECORDING: Backgrounder: Dave Pell Octet ‘Plays Rodgers and Hart’

I received so much email yesterday about the octet format that I figured I’d end the week with a Backgrounder by the Dave Pell Octet. The octet’s arrangements in the 1950s were designed to give the eight musicians a West Coast big band sound—a miniaturized Les Brown Orchestra if you will. Prior to Dave Pell, there was the Dave Brubeck Octet in San Francisco in 1950…

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