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by Chris May
Composer-arrangers as diverse as Gil Evans and Charles Mingus have employed the French horn, but it remains something of a niche instrument in jazz. Why? The same question applies to the almost complete absence of trombones in West African jazz and Afrobeat, and their ubiquity in Brazilian samba. The first convincing explanation in the Comments box below will win a night out with Sidney Powell or Rudy Giuliani. The second such explanation will win two nights. Anyway, Britain's Jim Rattigan ...read more
by Chris May
Say what? While the French horn is not exactly unknown in jazz--step forward players Julius Watkins and John Graas and orchestrators Gil Evans and Miles Davis, amongst others--it's still enough of a novelty to raise at least one of your eyebrows.
But this is by no means a novelty album. It's actually a very beautiful and credible set of covers ("Linmere" is the only original), by turns limpid and muscular, on which Jim Rattigan entirely overcomes the technical ...read more