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Don Sebesky

Giant Box (CTI: 40th Anniversary Ed)

Sony Masterworks

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What's Trending: Remembering jazz-rock pioneer Don Sebesky
1 Firebird/Birds Of Fire  
2 Song To A Seagull  
3 Free As A Bird  
4 Psalm 150  
5 Vocalise  
6 Fly/Circles  
7 Semi-Tough  
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Three-time Grammy Award winner Don Sebesky's Giant Box (1973) was a 1974 Grammy nominee in two categories Best Jazz Performance by a Big Band and Best Instrumental Arrangement (for the album's opening track "Firebird/Birds of Fire"). This ambitious project, originally a two-LP box set, showcases a who's-who of CTI greats Airto, George Benson, Billy Cobham, Paul Desmond, Joe Farrell, Freddie Hubbard, Milt Jackson, Hubert Laws and Grover Washington, Jr.

CTI records was a huge family in the 70's, frequently bringing mainstays such as Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Stanley Turrentine, Hubert Laws, George Benson, and Milt Jackson together into the studio for jammin'. Don Sebesky, whose eclectic career has ranged from the jazz and funk of the 70's to arranging for up-and-coming R&B singers of recent years, was a behind-the-scenes man for CTI, similar to Sammy Nestico's role with the Count Basie band. In 1973, Sebesky finally got his own record session and a chance to bring all of his musical minions together to make some magic happen.

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