Feb
22
2017

Phillip Johnston – Subtracting the Film from the Score

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It’s thanks to TV that Phillip Johnston became a film composer. Like millions of other children Johnston grew up with the television playing nanny, and daytime TV in the 1960s meant movies. Old ones, thick with music. He loved film, he loved music and he especially loved film music. These days Johnston, a New Yorker […]

Feb
19
2017

Jasper Hoiby album

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FELLOW CREATURES (Edition/Planet) 8/10 I know this sounds radical circa 2017, but Jasper Hoiby conceived of this album to be heard in its entirety, not cherry-picked. He wanted the listener to absorb a long-form narrative; a journey through successive sonic ideas that cohere. It’s worth the effort. Hoiby, best known as one third of the […]

Feb
16
2017

Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra album

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FIDDES VS TINKLER (Rattle) 8/10 Rather than just being 10 pieces for a big band with a trumpet as the featured solo instrument, this is an extraordinarily coherent suite-like work, meticulously sculpted by composer Andy Fiddes to make trumpeter Scott Tinkler’s playing shine with phenomenal luminescence in a big-band context. But nor is it merely […]

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