Cats Tails

Eynsford Concert Band (Live)

Recorded live at The SPACE, Sevenoaks during our concert ‘For England and St George’ with the Band of the Grenadier Guards on 23rd April 2023.

 

In the words of Peter Graham the composer:  Cats Tales pays tribute to four wonderful musicians who shared a love of jazz and New York. New York born Elmer Bernstein is best remembered for his legendary film scores.

Movement 1: Catalonia

Catalonia brings to mind some of those epic moments before a musical gear change that references the work of his contemporary colleague, “Bernstein East”, aka Leonard Bernstein.  The presence of West Side Story looms large here.

Movement 2: Catwalk

Henry Mancini studied his craft at the famous Julliard School in the Upper West Side.  His most famous composition (which concerned a cat of the pink variety) provides the inspiration for the 2nd movement, Catwalk.

Movement 3: Scat!

Finally, saxophone legend Sonny Rollins’s jazz standard Airegin is given a contrafact treatment in Scat! allowing a number of instrumental soloists to shine.

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