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Orchestral Jazz by the John Wilson Orchestra
on 28 September 2012
John Wilson leads an orchestra that has revived big band music in the U.K. Of course, it has never died amongst its followers and bands like that of Syd Lawrence, directed by Chris Dean after Lawrence's death; and the Ted Heath band which continued to perform under the direction of Ralph Dollimore, Stan Reynolds and Roland Shaw for several decades after Heath's death, have kept the music alive. But John Wilson has achieved an even wider following over the past couple of decades and especially since his performance of the music of Broadway and Hollywood at the BBC Promenade concerts.
Here, the John Wilson orchestra perform tunes from shows and movies and from Tin Pan Alley with arrangements by Richard Rodney Bennett, Neil Richardson, and himself. It's an innovative selection of 15 tunes, many given a more extended `concert performance' treatment than usual on big band records. This is the orchestra's second album and continues the reputation for excellent instrumental playing and fresh-sounding arrangements.
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