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Thursday, June 16, 2016

CD Review: Pete Hurt Jazz Orchestra - A New Start

Amazingly, this is the first time Pete Hurt has appeared in these pages. Presumably, his UK parameters have been confined to the 'home counties' rather than the frozen north! Still, better late than never if this album is anything to go by!
A contemporary jazz orchestra rather than a big band. An orchestra that has absorbed the complete gamut of modern jazz from, say, Boyd Raeburn, Gil Evans, George Russell, John Dankworth, Kenny Wheeler to Mike Gibbs and beyond. Superb contemporary arrangements cushioning the soloists in the manner of the aforementioned grandmasters.
Talking soloists, the band, sorry orchestra! is full of them Josephine Davies on tenor, Tori Freestone's soprano solo on Forbidden Fruit, Kate Williams' piano on Sabotage, Owen Dawson, on trombone, Nick Costley-White on guitar.... so much more...  like founder members Henry Lowther on trumpet and Dave Powell anchoring on tuba. A dream album but, why did Pete Hurt wait until the final track before unleashing a solo of his own? I want to hear more of him!
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