Content by tag "Phil Todd"

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Malcolm Griffiths: A Man For All Seasons

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We talk often of the stars, like 'Trane and Miles. We remember the bandleaders, such as Basie and Duke. We even recall the composers and arrangers, Ellington again, Gil Evans and Monk. And we never forget those star soloists like Johnny Hodges or Lester Young. But the guys in the machine room, the guys who make ...

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Grand Union Orchestra: Music and Movement

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In March, 2012, The Grand Union Orchestra, one of the jazz world's finest and most ambitious ensembles, celebrates its thirtieth anniversary. Maybe you haven't heard of the band yet but if you have the chances are you'll revel in its kaleidoscopic blending of jazz and music from across the planet. Though based in the East End ...

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Grand Union Orchestra: If Paradise

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Grand Union Orchestra

If Paradise

Red Gold

2011

If Paradise, the biggest jewel in British composer, keyboardist and trombonist Tony Haynes' recording career to date, joins a handful of orchestral albums which have not so much crossed genre and cultural boundaries as rendered them meaningless. Off-piste singularities may exclude these ...

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McCormack & Yarde Duo: Places And Other Spaces

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McCormack & Yarde Duo

Places And Other Spaces

Edition

2011

This arresting disc, the second from pianist Andrew McCormack and saxophonist Jason Yarde, is just the thing to brighten up a chilly autumn: warm, glowing and packed with great tunes--only one of which, George Gershwin's “Embraceable You," is a standard. ...

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Mike Westbrook Orchestra: The Cortege

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At its richest, pianist/composer Mike Westbrook's work is to jazz what grand opera, in the classical world, is to chamber music. The Cortege is Westbrook at his richest, leading a 17-piece orchestra through an ambitious and brilliantly realized suite, loosely themed around the idea of a funeral procession and its after-party. Thirty years after its first ...