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Citadel/Room 315 [Import]

Mike Westbrook, Mike Westbrook Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 April 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Msi Music/Super D
  • ASIN: B0014W8TJW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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CD Description

Tracks: Overture / Construction / Pistache / View From The Drawbridge / Love And Understanding / Tender Love / Bebop / Derigueur / Pastorale / Sleepwalker Awaking In Sunlight / Outgoing Song / Finale

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This CD is one of the most beautiful jazz projects ever. The pastoral colours of Mike Westbrook's music, with his sublime arrangements for jazz orchestra, he must be the UK's own Gil Evans, allows the supreme John Surman to radiate beauty on both baritone sax and bass clarinet. 'A view from the drawbridge' for me is in the territory of Ravel re- orchestration and depth. 'Music is', 'this is',Buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mike Westbrook - Citadel/Room 315 27 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the third of Westbrook's extended works that I have had the opportunity to hear, the others being "Metropolis" and the double album "Marching Song Vols 1 & 2".

The music in this recording, written in response to a commission from Swedish Radio for an extended piece featuring John Surman as soloist, does not seem to be as intense as the music on the other two albums. This shows a more restrained, contemplative side of Mike's writing, and some of the lyrical passages are quite beautiful. My favourite is the eighth section, "Pastorale".

Highly recommended to those who like modern British jazz.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 70s British Jazz Classic Deserves Wider Recognition 16 Jan 2009
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Roughly one year ago I had the good fortune to hear a great piece from this cd on the radio. It was the funky and infectious number Construction, featuring some great guitar soloing by Brian Godding, and psychedelic soprano sax explorations courtesy of John Surman. I knew right off I'd have to acquire this album eventually. I now own a copy of this stellar recording by composer/band leader Mike Westbrook and I'd describe it as a bona-fide if somewhat obscure 70s jazz classic.

This record has been referred to as the best jazz/rock album of the 70s, but that's an inaccurate description. This dynamic and versatile recording shouldn't be relegated to the fusion heap. It's a collection of high quality compositions and arrangements performed by a very skillful large ensemble featuring many great soloists. The punchy horn section gives a number of pieces a big band sound, but I found this only slightly overbearing on one number.

Almost every composition features a different type of featured soloist from guitar to soprano, tenor, and baritone sax, as well as trombone, trumpet, bass clarinet, clarinet, acoustic and electric piano. If you prefer variety in music, this is it! It all sounds remarkably fresh and well recorded for a 1975 session.

If you're a rock music fan who enjoys Frank Zappa's Grand Wazoo, Steely Dan's Aja, or Chicago Transit Authority, you might enjoy this excellent recording by Mike Westbrook. Jazz enthusiasts, and fans of large ensembles like the Carla Bley Big Band, or the Don Ellis Orchestra should give Mike Westbrook a listen. This cd comes highly recommended!
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