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August 31, 2020IM -
The latest album by The Steve Spiegl Big Band celebrates the band’s 50th year in existence as a staple of the LA rehearsal band scene. It was recorded by the some of the top LA studio musicians and jazz soloists.
Recorded over three days at Capitol Studios, The LA Sessions at Capitol Studios is the fourth album on Sorcerer Records by Spiegl’s big band. Besides original compositions by Spiegl, of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), there are big band jazz treatments of music by Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi, G.F. Handel, and Richard Wagner set in the jazz idiom.
Spiegl’s prior albums have also featured big band jazz arrangements of music from Bach, Brahms, Elgar, and Scriabin; this CD continues his unique writing for large jazz ensemble played by some of LA’s best musicians.