Tommy Smith’s jazz version of Peter and the Wolf will remain true to Prokofiev’s premise that particular instruments are allocated to each character and the wonderful melodies
The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra are delighted to announce that our CD, Sweet Sister Suite featuring Laura Jurd and Irini Arabatzi is available to purchase on the Spartacus Record label.
The SNJO are delighted to announce that our latest CD, Beauty And The Beast featuring Bill Evans has just been released on the Spartacus Record label.
The SNJO are delighted to announce that our latest CD, JEUNEHOMME featuring pianist Makoto Ozone has just been released on the Spartacus Record label.
“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 […]
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.
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.
“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.
Echoes from a Lost Future Bobby Wellins and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra bookmark history with ‘The Culloden Moor Suite’.
***** JEUNEHOMME: Mozart’s 9th Piano Concerto No. 9 K-271 [break]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 […]