Second CD by internationally acclaimed composer, John Warren, to feature his all-star N-Octet (with Gwilym Simcock, Gerard Presencer, Mark Nightingale, Stan Sulzmann and Jim Hart). Following On is the 2nd of John Warrens N-Octet albums to be released by Fuzzy Moon Records. Mostly known for his unique and challenging big band writing (performed by many of Europes leading big bands and radio orchestras) and his long running collaboration with saxophonist John Surman (culminating in The Brass Project recording for ECM) John Warren and Fuzzy Moon Records now wanted to document Johns small band music, written over the last forty years. As with his first N-Octet album (Finally Beginning released early 2009), Following On features an exciting and varied mix of John's compositions and arrangements performed by an all star British 9-piece, comprising Gwilym Simcock, Gerard Presencer, Martin Shaw, Mark Nightingale, Julian Siegel, Stan Sulzmann, Christian Brewer, Jim Hart, Phil Donkin and James Maddren. Despite the striking nature of individual contributions, this is unmistakably Warrens album, his great strength being his ability to produce the art that conceals art, all his pieces imbued with the ease and naturalness that spring from unruffled musical assurance. Chris Parker: The Vortex Website Warrens writing is as fine as anybody's in the business. Mike Medwin : All About Jazz ..an insider's favourite since the 1970s John Fordham: The Guardian Tracks; Dreamlines / Oh,What? / A Warm Front / I Couldn't Wait / Fingerprints / Eronel / Above The Fourteenth Range / Cada Dia / Slipstone
"..an insider's favourite since the 1970s"
-- John Fordham: The Guardian
"Despite the striking nature of individual contributions, this is unmistakably Warren's album, his great strength being his ability to produce the art that conceals art, all his pieces imbued with the ease and naturalness that spring from unruffled musical assurance." -- Chris Parker: The Vortex Website