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Birmingham Jazz Orchestra: Rough Boundaries

Read "Rough Boundaries" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Rough Boundaries is the second album in the, to date, two-year history of the Birmingham Jazz Orchestra. A year on from debut album Burns--inspired by the poems of Scotland's own Robert Burns--the orchestra now looks away from the UK, to take inspiration from some of the great cities of Europe and North Africa. On Burns Orchestra founder Sean Gibbs took on the key roles of conductor and composer. This time he hands over those duties to Jacky Naylor, ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Birmingham Jazz Orchestra: Burns

Read "Burns" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The Birmingham Jazz Orchestra--that's Birmingham, England--formed in the fall of 2014, just a few months before recording Burns, its debut album of tunes written by director/conductor Sean Gibbs. The maturity of the writing and playing, the strength of the sections and the verve of the solos belies the inexperience of the ensemble--this is a strong first outing. The Burns who's provided the inspiration for these tunes isn't the great Charles Montgomery Burns: it's the arguably even greater Robert ...


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