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.

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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 take the big band sound to places it’s never been before, embracing modern textures and techniques while acknowledging and celebrating their big band lineage. A driving force of the vibrant Manchester music scene and one of the most striking ensembles of its kind, Beats & Pieces is not an average ‘big band’ – rather a band that’s big. ... more

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