January-11th-2013, 10:33 AM
New Big Band album from the Callum Au Big Band
I'm just writing to let you all know that my big band, the Callum Au Big Band, has just launched its debut album, entitled 'Something's Coming' - now available to order via the Callum Au Big Band's website -http://www.callumaumusic.com/callum-au-big-band/album/ . You can see a short teaser trailer of a few of the album's highlights here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbOCDiGQWuU.
This album was recorded at Angel Studios, London in late 2012, and fully features the 17 members of the big band, alongside special guests: vocalists Emma Smith and Iain Mackenzie, flautist Gareth Lockrane (winner of the 2012 Mojo Magazine Album of the Year award), and saxophonists Peter Long (on this album playing the rare Tubax), and Nigel Hitchcock (top UK session saxophonist).
The centrepiece of the album is Callum’s new West Side Story Suite for Big Band – a continuous work in six movements based on some of the most famous melodies from Leonard Bernstein’s musical. It reinvents the well-known and popular music from the show, with each movement giving a new big band twist to Bernstein’s melodies.
In addition to the suite, the album features a set of new commissions specially written for the band: Callum Au’s ‘Gentleman Jack’; Freddie Gavita’s ‘Beloved’ and UK flute virtuoso and master composer/arranger Gareth Lockrane’s ‘Roots’. The album’s first track, Callum’s arrangement of the Harry Warren standard “September in the Rain”, is a very conscious tribute to the great American big bands of Count Basie, Nelson Riddle, and Thad Jones, some of the band’s greatest influences.
If you're interested, please visit my site - Album | Callum Au Music - or send me a message - and I'll be in touch!
Thanks a lot for reading - would love to know what you all think!
February-14th-2013, 02:42 PM
I've just put a few sample clips on the page selling the album (http://www.callumaumusic.com/callum-au-big-band/album/) - go about halfway down the page to hear them!
Also, received a really nice review in JazzUK - which you can read here: http://www.jazzservices.org.uk/index...m/download/486