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Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra

The Ghost Train Orchestra was founded in 2006 by composer/arranger Brian Carpenter. That year Carpenter was hired as the musical director for Voltaic Vaudeville, an event marking the 90th anniversary of the historic Regent Theater in Arlington, MA. He selected five composers from a transitional time and place in America: the late 1920s Chicago and Harlem, when the jazz orchestra was being developed by bandleaders such as Fletcher Henderson, Don Redman, Tiny Parham, Fess Williams, and Charlie Johnson. Carpenter began transcribing the parts from old 78s and arranged the music for a 9-piece ensemble to back performers on stage

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Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra: Book Of Rhapsodies Vol. II

Read "Book Of Rhapsodies Vol. II" reviewed by Luca Casarotti

Nel 2006 il compositore, arrangiatore e polistrumentista Brian Carpenter ha fondato a Brooklyn la Gost Train Orchestra, con la quale si è adoperato per recuperare e dare nuova vita ad alcuni momenti non molto frequentati del jazz delle origini. Questo Book of Rhapsodies Vol. 2 (il vol. 1 è del 2013) è il quarto disco dell'ensemble: ...

Book Of Rhapsodies Vol. II

Label: Accurate Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Confusion Among a Fleet of Taxicabs; Hare and the Hounds; A Hymn to Darkness Part 1: Deep Forest; Pedigree on a Pomander Walk; Walking Home in Spring; Deserted Ballroom; A Little Girl Grows Up; Fantasy Impromptu; Kindergarten Flower Pageant; A Hymn to Darkness Part 2: Lament for Congo; The House Detective Registers; Garden of Weed.

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Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra: Book Of Rhapsodies Vol. II

Read "Book Of Rhapsodies Vol. II" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There have been several ensembles in the past couple of decades that delved into the novelty jazz recordings of the Thirties and Forties. In the Netherlands there have been The Beau Hunks and the Willem Breuker Kollektief and in this country there have been Don Byron's Bug Music group and Brian Carpenter's Ghost Train Orchestra.

Hot Town

Label: Accurate Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Hot Town; Mo'lasses; Skag-A-Lag; Harlem Drag; You Ain't the One; Down Yonder; Bright Boy Blues; Springfield Stomp; Alligator Crawl; Friction; You Can't Go Wrong; Charleston Is the Best Dance After All.

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Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra: Hot Town

Read "Hot Town" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Brian Carpenter e la sua Ghost Train Orchestra proseguono la meritevole opera di recupero e talvolta di riscoperta della musica americana della prima metà del secolo scorso. Se nel precedente Book of Rhapsody l'attenzione era rivolta a quegli autori -Alec Wilder, John Kirby tra gli altri -alla ricerca di una via che apparentasse il jazz tradizionale ...

Book of Rhapsodies

Label: Accurate Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Charlie's Prelude; Beethoven Riffs On; Volcanic (Eruption for Orchestra); Dance Man Buys a Farm; At an Arabian House Party; It's Silk. Feel It!; Dawn on the Desert; Happy Farmer; Revolt of the Yes Men; Children Met the Train; Her Old Man Was (at Times) Suspicious; Celebration on the Planet Mars.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra: Book of Rhapsodies

Read "Book of Rhapsodies" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Prendete la musica di quattro formazioni operanti nella fervida scena musicale americana degli anni Trenta e Quaranta, un ensemble di undici musicisti tra cui spiccano i nomi del leader Brian Carpenter, del sassofonista Andy Laster, del trombonista Curtis Hasselbring, un gruppo vocale di sei elementi, prestate attenzione al titolo e avrete un'idea della musica contenuta in ...

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Brian Carpenter: In Between The Cracks

Read "Brian Carpenter: In Between The Cracks" reviewed by DanMichael Reyes

To write that Brian Carpenter has had an interesting career would be an incomplete statement since he holds so many. By day Carpenter is an engineer, but there's also his radio shows, his acting career, a film he's working on about Albert Ayler, his band Brian Carpenter and the Confessions where he sings and composes, and ...

Book Of Rhapsodies

Label: Accurate Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: Charlie's Prelude; Beethoven Riffs On; Volcanic (Eruption for Orchestra); Dance Man Buys A Farm; At an Arabian House Party; It's Silk. Feel it!; Dawn on the Desert; Happy Farmer; Revolt of the Yes Men; Children Met the Train; Her Old Man Was (at Times) Suspicious; Celebration on the Planet Mars.


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