Best Of 2021

Best composer: Chuck Owen

Chuck Owen

It’s no small feat to write multi-movement pieces for a 20-piece jazz orchestra that are complex and challenging and yet consistently sit nicely on the ear—and to compose each part for every musician in his Jazz Surge band—and to arrange the music and conduct the ensemble so that it makes a stirring and cohesive musical statement. Within Us, the recently released seventh album by Owen’s Jazz Surge (over the course of 25 years) is yet another remarkable accomplishment.

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