4 October 2014

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

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. Culloden Moor SuiteThe composition gets a new lease of life with this big band recording, from May 2013, which brings Wellins together with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. The SNJO has carved out a reputation as a top quality big band, with albums such as American Adventure (Spartacus Records, 2014)—the Culloden Moor Suite enhances that reputation still further. […]

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review by BRUCE LINDSAY, Published: September 15, 2014 on AllAboutJazz



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