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FormatAudio CD
Ordering NumberENJ-9358 2
labelenja Matthias Winkelmann
Release date01.01.2001

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      Premiered in July 1992 at a 3-day Mike Westbrook Festival in Catania, Sicily, "The Orchestra of Smith´s Academy" denotes a program of Westbrook compositions and arrangements that all derived from a certain harmonic device. The composer discovered it in 1983 while staying at Smith´s Hotel in Glasgow, and subsequently called it "Smith´s Hotel Chord". Westbrook used the chord as a matrix for large works such as "After Smith´s Hotel" and "London Bridge Is Broken Down" where three of the tunes in this program are taken from. Two more compositions - I.D.M.A.T. (after Ellington´s It Don´t Mean A Thing) and Measure For Measure (commissioned by the Vienna Art Orchestra) - received their first public performances at the Catania Festival. In addition to the six orchestra works, the CD contains a composition written for the Steve Martland Band and dedicated to the memory of trombone player Danilo Terenzi.

      Mike Westbrook is considered to be "Britain´s most innovative big band leader" (The Wire), "the UK´s foremost jazz composer" (The Times), "a master of jazz orchestration" (The Observer), "a giant of contemporary music" (The Guardian), and "among the most serious composers in any field at present" (The Independent). He has produced a large body of work embracing everything from opera, ballet music, and cabaret through song-cycles, concertos and piano solo pieces to jazz suites and big band scores. While one of Westbrook´s most dynamic and fiery recordings, "The Orchestra Of Smith´s Academy" proves this composer´s vast versatility: "´Measure For Measure´ shows how far from what is conventionally regarded as jazz the Westbrooks can go" (The Independent).

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      CD 1
      • 1.Checking In At Hotel Le Prieure 06:41
      • 2.I d m a t It Don T Mean A Thing 06:39
      • 3.Measure For Measure 16:46
      • 4.So We`ll Go No More Aroving 07:51
      • 5.Blighters 04:51
      • 6.Viennese Walz 06:52
      • 7.Blues For Terenzi 23:37