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The Uncommon Orchestra
By Kate Westbrook / Martine Waltier / Billy Bottle / Sarah Dean / Roz Harding / Alan Wakeman / Gary Bayley / Ian Wellens / Mike Brewer / Sam Massy / Dave Holdsworth / Stewart Stunell / Andy Dore / Joe Carnell / Ken Cassidy / Jesse Molins / Matthew North / Ma. By Mike Westbrook. Jazz. Listening CDs, 2 discs. Naxos #ASC CD162/163. Published by Naxos (NX.ASC-CD162-163).
Item Number: NX.ASC-CD162-163
This outstanding release was recorded live at The Barnfield Theatre, Exeter on Thursday July 30, 2015. A Bigger Show has been called a Rock/Jazz Oratorio. Mike Westbrook's 21-piece ensemble score includes 3 vocalists/actors, acoustic saxophones and brass, electronics, and a double rhythm section, making for a thick, rich sound that only such a monumental instrumentation could achieve. Vocalists Kate Westbrook, Martine Waltier, and Billy Bottle, are joined by well known jazz musicians, lesser known artists, Rock and Pop musicians, Classical performers, and undiscovered young talent in a new kind of big band, deemed the Uncommon Orchestra. "What a splendid rumpus... Shows don't come much bigger." (The Scotsman) "...music that is by turns exciting, thoughtful and thought-provoking. Let's hope it really is "the show that never ends!" (LondonJazzNews) "...the playing throughout is first-rate... great music, great entertainment and great fun." (AllAboutJazz).
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Listening CDs are traditional music recordings. Listening CDs make a great educational supplement - hear exceptional professionals play the music you're learning! Or, just enjoy listening to the music you love.