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This piece for orchestra, jazz ensemble, and chorus is mammoth in scope, bold in ambition, and long in duration (100-plus minutes on two discs). The blues forms its core, but Latin and swing-period jazz figure prominently, as do allusions to Copland, Bernstein, and Stravinsky. The L.A. Philharmonic and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra play with precision and verve, and the composer’s trumpet soars in spots. Still, the work lacks memorable themes and an identifiable voice.

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