added on 11 April, 2014 | under Blog, Mozart’s 9th Piano Concerto & Rhapsody In Blue, reviews

*****  JEUNEHOMME: Mozart’s 9th Piano Concerto No. 9 K-271

Audacious isn’t the word for last year’s venture by the SNJO when, working on the premise that young  Wolfgang Amadeus was as much an improviser as he was an inventive pianist and composer, they commissioned renowned Japanese pianist Makoto Ozone to arrange Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 (Jeunehomme) for them.Read more

Review: Culloden Moor Suite – ‘A satisfying musical whole’

added on 6 October, 2014 | under Blog, reviews, WHAT'S ON
SNJO & Bobby Wellins: Culloden Moor Suite

A 25 year-old Bobby Wellins wrote The Culloden Moor Suite in 1961, having been inspired by stories of the 1746 battle which signalled the destruction of the Highland way of life. Read more

Review ‘Jeunehomme’ – Mozart’s 9th Piano Concerto

added on 24 July, 2015 | under Blog, Mozart’s 9th Piano Concerto & Rhapsody In Blue, reviews
Makoto Ozone

“SNJO/Makoto Ozone: Jeunehomme review – a clever and sympathetic crossover project.”

Mozart was 21 when he wrote the K271 Jeunehomme piano concerto, and some connoisseurs consider it his first masterpiece. But if the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra are daunted by its prestige and cascade of ideas, they don’t show it. Nor does Japanese jazz pianist Makoto Ozone, who has successfully specialised in such crossovers in recent years. Read more

Review: Bobby Wellins And The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Culloden Moor Suite

added on 4 October, 2014 | under Blog, reviews

It’s over 268 years since the Battle of Culloden and yet the event continues to resonate in contemporary Scotland (which votes on independence just a few days after this album is released). Tenor saxophonist Bobby Wellins wrote his Culloden Moor Suite in 1961, inspired by John Prebble’s book, Culloden, released in the same year. Read more

Review: “Haunting Eloquence” – Bobby Wellins and SNJO ‘Culloden Moor Suite’

added on 4 October, 2014 | under Blog, reviews, WHAT'S ON
Culloden Moor Suite

“Glasgow-born Bobby Wellins composed an early version of this work more than 50 years ago, and recorded it in 1965 with Stan Tracey and a simple quartet.
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Review: Scotland’s new jazz union

added on 2 March, 2014 | under Blog, reviews
American Adventure

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra forged new links with the American scene during its 2013 US tourRead more

'The SNJO deserved all the praise Kurt Elling so graciously lavished on them.'