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by Beats & Pieces Big Band

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As part of Radio 3's Top of the Baroque for Comic Relief, Jazz on 3 host Jez Nelson is championing Bach's Goldberg Variations as the best Baroque piece and he asked us to arrange our own variation to help him prove it.

Support Jez and Comic Relief! More info on how you can do this here: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006zrvr/features/baroque-around-the-clock

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released March 13, 2013
Ben Cottrell : director
Anthony Brown, Sam Healey, Ben Watte : saxophones
Ed Horsey, Simon Lodge, Paul Strachan : trombone
Lucian Amos, Graham South, Nick Walters : trumpet
Anton Hunter : guitar
Harrison Wood : bass
Finlay Panter : drums

arranged by Ben Cottrell
recorded by Tim Thomas and David Coyle at Blueprint Studios, Salford on 4th March 2013
mixed and mastered by Ben Cottrell


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Beats & Pieces Big Band Manchester, UK

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

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