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Big band

A big band is a type of musical ensemble that usually consists of ten or more musicians with four sections: saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and a rhythm section. Big bands originated during the early 1910s and dominated jazz through the 1940s, or roughly from World War I to World War II. The term "big band" is also used to describe a genre of music. One problem with this usage is that it overlooks the variety of music played by these bands.

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This roaring piece, entitled "La Suerte de los Tontos," is a big band composition by Stan Kenton. It features saxophone, french horn, trumpet, trombone and a rhythm section. I hope you enjoy it!

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