A large band project from UK composer, arranger and conductor Giles Thornton, directing 29 musicians through original works and reinterpretations of ballads like Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You", in a blend of acoustic and electronic musicians that avoids overt fusion overtones while keeping the music melodic with the occasional exotica flair.
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Catalog ID: 485-0318
Squidco Product Code: 25861
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded at Fish Factory Studios in London, England, by Ben Lamdin.
Rachel Kerry-alto saxophone, soprano saxophone
Daniel McConkey-alto saxophone
Gustavo Clayton Marucci-bass clarinet
Adam Crighton-bass trombone, tuba
Marcus Pritchard-electric bass, acoustic bass
James Maltby-electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Camille Curtis-flute, alto flute
Mike Walker-electric guitar
Tom Richards-soprano saxophone
David Swan-piano, synth, electric organ
Neil Birse-piano, synth, electric organ
Sam Knight-tenor saxophone
Matt Grenz-tenor saxophone
Toby Brazier-trumpet, flugelhorn
Ewan Gilchrist-trumpet, flugelhorn
Magnus Pickering-trumpet, flugelhorn
Finn Bradley-trumpet, flugelhorn
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"Giles Thornton is a Composer, Arranger and Orchestrator based in London. Through his studies at Guildhall School Of Music And Drama, he has performed in prestigious venues , such as The Royal Albert Hall, Sadler's Wells, LSO St Lukes, Milton Court Concert Hall and The Barbican Hall.
Giles has worked with many artists, such as Jules Buckley, Mike Walker, Liane Carroll and James McMillan, among others.
His most recent engagements include :
Guildhall Big Band with Mike Walker and Iain Dixon, as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.(Conductor, Milton Court Concert Hall, 2016)
Liane Carroll "The Right To Love" Album Launch.(Arranger/Librarian/Conductor, St Mary In The Castle, 2017)
Jules Buckley and the Metropole Orkest: "Mingus: Beneath The Underdog", BBC Proms (Copyist, Royal Albert Hall, 2017)"-Giles Thornton Website (https://www.gilesthorntonmusic.com/)
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1. Just Keep Running 9:11
2. Ballad Of The Unnoticed 9:16
3. Over The Edge 5:25
4. Reflections 6:33
5. Be In Today 5:44
6. Romance 7:38
7. A Case Of You 8:00
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There are clear echoes of Vince Mendoza on Be In Today, but it incorporates a great variety of styles, from the Metheneyesque "Just Keep Running" to the Joni Mitchell ballad "A Case of You". If there's an overall approach, it's one of unabashed emotion. Thornton does not set out merely to be clever; his aim, in general, is to create beautiful, melodic music, and that isn't something one can always take for granted.
The first five tracks form part of a suite, while the last two are stand-alone. Thornton is well-served by his soloists: "Just Keep Running", with its long, fluent Sam Knight tenor outing, is punctuated by blasts of brass, which then subside, allowing Mike Walker's beautiful guitar solo time to build gradually. On "Ballad of the Unnoticed", Rachel Kerry's lovely soprano contribution is followed by one on flugelhorn by Finn Bradley.
Over the Edge is a more experimental piece, whose theme is mental disintegration, and as one might expect, that is reflected in the musical dissonances created by Matt Grenz on tenor sax and Gustavo Clayton Marucci on bass clarinet, over a funked-up rhythm section. There's another change of style with the pretty, out-of-time piano duo Reflections, in which David Swan and Neil Birse improvise freely on a lead sheet given to them by Thornton. Then it's back to the Metheny influence with the title track which, like the opener, features the wordless singing of Rosie Bullen.
And so, with the final two tracks, to the (minor) reservations. Romance is another sweet melody, this one in waltz time. However the vocal performances here and on A Case of You could have done with a little more polish.
Be In Today showcases the work of a young musician at the beginning of what will undoubtedly be a long and successful journey."-Peter Jones, London Jazz News
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