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Chris Walden

Seven-time Grammy nominated German-born composer/arranger/conductor CHRIS WALDEN has scored more than 40 feature and TV films, and has written more than 1,500 orchestral and big band arrangements for artists including Michael Bublé, Aretha Franklin, Paul McCartney, SEAL, Stevie Wonder, Rihanna, Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, and orchestras like the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Pops. He has worked closely with producers David Foster, Tommy LiPuma, and Phil Ramone. He most recently served as lead arranger for the Academy Awards (Oscars®), he arranged for and conducted the Kennedy Center Honors and arranged the National Anthem for Jennifer Hudson's performance at the SUPER BOWL XLIII


Awakening Orchestra

Although it’s right there in the name, it’s not entirely clear whether composer/leader Kyle Saulnier’s Awakening Orchestra is in fact an orchestra, a big band or something entirely and wildly different. Encompassing broad swaths of musical style in both original and recontextualized and re-imagined compositions, the Awakening Orchestra delves deep into traditions from classical to jazz to indie rock on their debut album, volume I: this is not the answer. Interspersing original work - like the intricate, four-part, title-track symphony - with often radical interpretations of work by Samuel Barber, Radiohead, Johannes Brahms and Low, volume I: this is not the answer crafts a powerful mix of written and improvised material


Richard Niles


Internationally acclaimed Richard Niles studied at the Berklee College of Music and has a PhD from Brunel University. Credits in pop and jazz include Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, James Brown, Tina Turner, Mariah Carey, Michael McDonald, Cher, Tears For Fears, Grace Jones, Pat Metheny, Bob James, Gwilym Simcock, Jane Monheit, Bob Mintzer and John Patitucci. His jazz orchestra BANDZILLA has performed and recorded with McCartney, Randy Brecker, Leo Sayer and the Pet Shop Boys (latest album BANDZILLA RISES!!!). He has released two guitar albums )SANTA RITA, CLUB DERANGED) Records featuring his work have sold over 250 million copies worldwide


Miss French

Of European decent, Miss French was born in New Zealand to a musical family who fortunately decided to quit the rat race and move to Laingholm, a place with beaches, bush and lots of space in the Waitakere ranges. Here she would immerse herself in the magical world of native New Zealand bush, a world of day dreams and adventures. Her father, a jazz enthusiast, was not only a player of many instruments including trumpet and double bass, but he built instruments. Performing with the family at 10 years of age and later in Auckland bands, influenced by Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Billy Holiday and Joan Armatrading, she began writing songs from her own unique perspective


The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

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The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) is considered by many to be one of the UK’s foremost contemporary big bands. Founder/Director and leading saxophonist Tommy Smith established the SNJO in 1995 with a crystal clear artistic vision and core values of versatility, discipline and expression. Since its inception more than twenty years ago, many of the leading lights in world jazz have enthusiastically shared the stage with the SNJO. People like Gary Burton, Arild Andersen, Branford Marsalis, Joe Locke, Makoto Ozone, Mike Stern and Kurt Elling have all joined the orchestra to explore virtually every room in the house of jazz. The SNJO’s diverse repertoire has included re-imaginings of works by the great, the good and the gigantic, including Basie, Mingus, Monk, Miles and Coltrane



Label: Soul Note
Released: 2006
Track listing: 01. Ithaca/Ithaki - 22:40; 02. Acts of love are forever (testo di Luciano Federighi) - 6:08; 03. Crickets in a delphic night - 9:28; 04. My constant thought - 6:25; 05. Sideral waves - 10:05 Tutte le composizioni sono di Dino Betti van der Noot


Article: Album Review

Dino Betti van der Noot: Ithaca/Ithaki

Read "Ithaca/Ithaki" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Parlando di Dino Betti van der Noot non si può fare a meno di tornare indietro, almeno per un momento, agli anni’80, anni in cui imperavano la Fusion music e il Jazz elettrico (non sempre di ottima fattura). Il suo nome è infatti legato in maniera indissolubile a quel periodo. Tra il 1985 e il 1989 ...



Label: ECM Records GmbH
Released: 1988


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