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From the Ever-Creative Chris Combs, "Roche Blave: Large Ensemble Works Recorded Live in Switzerland"

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Aired on Wednesday, April 14th.

We're glad to welcome back to our program the Tulsa-based guitarist, composer, and music producer Chris Combs, who's known for his work with COMBSY, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, and other jazz/experimental/multi-genre outfits. Combs tells us about (and shares tracks from) his forthcoming album, "Roche Blave: Large Ensemble Works Recorded Live in Switzerland," which will be released by the nonprofit Horton Records on April 30th. This recording documents a remarkable, hitherto-unreleased "live" performance from 2012, for which Combs was commissioned to write music for an international jazz festival in Bern, Switzerland. As Combs tells us, his writing for this concert was very much inspired by the jazz-meets-classical compositions of Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, Ornette Coleman, and others.

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