à l'écoute de ce Ten, je me suis dit 3 choses ; d'abord, l'âge d'or des big bands n'est peut-être pas complètement révolu ; ensuite, il existe finalement des passages aussi puissants que le morceau "Tank" des Seatbelts ; enfin, j'aurais aimé faire partie de la dizaine de personnes qui applaudit à la fin de chaque morceau de l'album. Voilà, ça fait 3 !
Favorite track: nois.
For my money, this is the best jazz album of 2019. Beats & Pieces understands what excitement means in music. There are no boring moments on this album. It's fun, lively and wonderful with virtuoso-level playing, great arrangements, and punchy sound.
Favorite track: broken.
On 27 January 2008 I asked thirteen friends and fellow students to a rehearsal room at Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music to play through some tunes I'd written for big band. From that session, Beats & Pieces Big Band emerged. Exactly ten years on from that first meeting, we invited an audience of friends, family and key supporters to the same RNCM rehearsal space for a special anniversary gig, documented here. On behalf of all the Beats & Pieces musicians past and present, thanks for a fun first ten years; we hope there'll be many more to come.
released July 20, 2018
Ben Cottrell : director
Anthony Brown, Oliver Dover, Tom Ward : saxophones
Richard Foote, Simon Lodge, Rich Mcveigh : trombone
Owen Bryce, Graham South, Nick Walters : trumpet/flugelhorn
Anton Hunter : guitar
Richard Jones : piano/Rhodes
Stewart Wilson : bass
Finlay Panter : drums
produced by Ben Cottrell
recorded by Garry Boyle and Phil Gregory
mixed by Garry Boyle at Slate Room Studio, Pencaitland
mastered by Stuart Hamilton at Castlesound, Pencaitland
film produced by BLOC+BLUR Creative Studio
directed by Louise Cowley
cinematography by Esther Vardy
edited by Karl Dixon
filmed by Esther Vardy, Louise Cowley and Karl Dixon
assisted by Ashleigh Duke
lighting design by Ash Ennever
artwork and design by Alexander Rennie
all tracks composed and arranged by Ben Cottrell
except ‘time’ - composed by Finlay Panter, arranged by Ben Cottrell
recorded and filmed live in Studio One, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester on 27 January 2018
Beats & Pieces Big Band are one of the most exciting acts to emerge from the North of England’s fertile jazz scene this
century. Under the direction of conductor and composer Ben Cottrell, they are at the forefront of a new generation of large ensembles reinventing big band music for the 21st century. As Cottrell says “Beats & Pieces is not your average big band, rather a band that’s big”....more