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Jazz, Big Band
September 24, 2012

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Founded in 1965, NYJO is world famous as a showcase for the UK's best young jazz musicians and many of the current generation of British jazz stars have risen through its ranks. Their superb new CD, 'The Change', represents an exciting new dawn for the big band with a broadening of repertoire, style and leadership. Joining NYJO as guests on the CD is inspirational saxophonist and composer Tim Garland along with the mighty talent of drummer Mark Mondesir, both of whom help take the band into a new realm of artistic excellence.

Overseen by new Music and Artistic Director Mark Armstrong 'The Change' also sees NYJO look forward artistically with new connections and directions, as well as celebrating its 47 year history with music that respects the great legacy of the big band sound. The recording also spotlights a particularly strong team of jazz soloists and presents a colourful variety of grooves and styles.

Particularly noteworthy are two specially commissioned pieces by Tim Garland; "Dawn before Dark before Dawn", written for NYJO's 45th anniversary appearance at Ronnie Scott's and "Agro Alegria", a sequel premiered at the 2012 BBC Prom series. Both feature Tim alongside world class drummer Mark Mondesir (formerly of The Jazz Warriors). Other notable NYJO commissions on the recording are Nikki Iles' "Hush", and "Barbara", commissioned from Julian Joseph for the band's 2012 appearance at Ronnie Scott's, both of which show the gentler textures available in the ensemble.

Press Quotes

(4 stars) Britain's flagship youth jazz outfit is undergoing an artistic renaissance...fine pieces by Tim Garland, Nikki Iles, Julian Joseph and various band members with just the right number of artfully arranged standards.

BBC Music Magazine, (Roger Thomas), November 2012

(4 stars) With guest soloists Tim Garland and Mark Mondesir, and new pieces specially composed by Julian Joseph and Nikki Iles, this was bound to be a noteworthy album, but the playing, both solo and ensemble, makes it outstanding by any standards.

The Observer, (Dave Gelly), October 21, 2012

(4 stars) The extended works highlight the band's current ensemble sound, which is deep rich and yet properly visceral when it needs to be. Equally impressive are the updated standards.

Jazzwise, (Jack Massarik), December 2012 / January 2013

The playing and recording is of the highest standard.

Northern Echo, (Peter Bevan), October 11, 2012

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Key Value
Catalogue number NYJCD027
Barcode 0609613812170
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 62g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 7mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Caravan -
2. Round Midnight -
3. The Change -
4. Dawn Before Dark Before Dawn -
5. Return Flight -
6. Agro Alegria -
7. Hush -
8. Summer Sundays -
9. Barbara -
10. Lady Be Good -
11. Feeling Good -