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Tales From The Jacquard

Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra

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Cat No: WR4774

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Release Date:  25 June 2021

Label:  Whirlwind Recordings

Packaging Type:  Digipak

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  0630808828980

Genres:  Jazz  Contemporary  

Release Date:  10 September 2021

Label:  Whirlwind Recordings

Packaging Type:  Slip Sleeve (CD or Vinyl)

No of Units:  2

Barcode:  0630808828997

Genres:  Jazz  Contemporary  

  • Description

    Saxophonist and composer Julian Siegel's fourth release on Whirlwind and his most ambitious musical feat to date, sees him assemble the Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra. Following the acclaimed quartet release 'Vista' and the influential co-led Partisans album 'Nit de Nit', Siegel solidifies his reputation as one of Europe's most celebrated artists working across jazz and improvised music.

    Siegel has appeared as a member of some of the great large ensembles - he lists Hermeto Pascoal, Mike Gibbs, Kenny Wheeler, Django Bates and NDR Bigband amongst extensive performing credits. Now, the instrumentalist turns leader: 'Tales from the Jacquard 'is Siegel's first record at the helm of a large ensemble.

    On the half-hour 'Tales from the Jacquard', history fuses with technique. The piece is rooted in the East Midlands, where Siegel's parents owned a lace-making business. "It seemed like a natural thing to try and explore the lace making process and use this research to inspire new music." Experimentation with Jacquard cards played a key role in his compositional process. "The fact that each card contains numbers as well as rhythms gave me lots of musical ideas." Having originally translated its card language into lace, the Jacquard now informs musical construction, creating melodies, rhythms, orchestrations and harmonic structures.

    This exploration continues with "Blues", grounded by a heavy bass line over which Jason Yarde and Trevor Mires dazzle. "Song" and "The Goose" appeared on Siegel's quartet album 'Vista' and both get a full expansion here, opening up the structures for solo adventures from Mark Nightingale, Percy Pursglove and Stan Sulzmann. The other tracks include "The Missing Link", emerging from a dark opening into an energetic boppy swinger that features trumpeter Claus Stötter, invited over from the NDR Big Band Hamburg.

    Press:

    "Siegel masterfully deploys rhythm, colour, and texture to create a lustrous ensemble sound." - **** 1/2 The Jazz Mann

    "A beautiful balance between an open writing and more traditional pictures." - **** All About Jazz

    "An excellent recording with a great atmosphere." - **** UK Vibe

    "Reveals the strength in depth of British jazz." - Financial Times

    "Razor-sharp section work and a string of superlative solos." - Bebop Spoken Here

    "A work of substance and originality which Siegel enthusiasts will cherish." - All About Jazz

    "A joy of an album." - Simply Jazz Talk

    "A terrific achievement from one of the UK's finest player/composers." - Jazz Views

    "Tales From The Jacquard is an essential record of a jubilant concert, and the premier of what will be seen as a notable work of British jazz." - London Jazz News

    "Siegel's music looks for an equilibrium between the impressionism of current orchestras and the traditional swing bands." - Catalunya Music

    Description

    Saxophonist and composer Julian Siegel's fourth release on Whirlwind and his most ambitious musical feat to date, sees him assemble the Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra. Following the acclaimed quartet release 'Vista' and the influential co-led Partisans album 'Nit de Nit', Siegel solidifies his reputation as one of Europe's most celebrated artists working across jazz and improvised music.

    Siegel has appeared as a member of some of the great large ensembles - he lists Hermeto Pascoal, Mike Gibbs, Kenny Wheeler, Django Bates and NDR Bigband amongst extensive performing credits. Now, the instrumentalist turns leader: 'Tales from the Jacquard 'is Siegel's first record at the helm of a large ensemble.

    On the half-hour 'Tales from the Jacquard', history fuses with technique. The piece is rooted in the East Midlands, where Siegel's parents owned a lace-making business. "It seemed like a natural thing to try and explore the lace making process and use this research to inspire new music." Experimentation with Jacquard cards played a key role in his compositional process. "The fact that each card contains numbers as well as rhythms gave me lots of musical ideas." Having originally translated its card language into lace, the Jacquard now informs musical construction, creating melodies, rhythms, orchestrations and harmonic structures.

    This exploration continues with "Blues", grounded by a heavy bass line over which Jason Yarde and Trevor Mires dazzle. "Song" and "The Goose" appeared on Siegel's quartet album 'Vista' and both get a full expansion here, opening up the structures for solo adventures from Mark Nightingale, Percy Pursglove and Stan Sulzmann. The other tracks include "The Missing Link", emerging from a dark opening into an energetic boppy swinger that features trumpeter Claus Stötter, invited over from the NDR Big Band Hamburg.

    Press:

    "Siegel masterfully deploys rhythm, colour, and texture to create a lustrous ensemble sound." - **** 1/2 The Jazz Mann

    "A beautiful balance between an open writing and more traditional pictures." - **** All About Jazz

    "An excellent recording with a great atmosphere." - **** UK Vibe

    "Reveals the strength in depth of British jazz." - Financial Times

    "Razor-sharp section work and a string of superlative solos." - Bebop Spoken Here

    "A work of substance and originality which Siegel enthusiasts will cherish." - All About Jazz

    "A joy of an album." - Simply Jazz Talk

    "A terrific achievement from one of the UK's finest player/composers." - Jazz Views

    "Tales From The Jacquard is an essential record of a jubilant concert, and the premier of what will be seen as a notable work of British jazz." - London Jazz News

    "Siegel's music looks for an equilibrium between the impressionism of current orchestras and the traditional swing bands." - Catalunya Music

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Tales From The Jacquard (Part 1)
      • 2. Tales From The Jacquard (Part 2)
      • 3. Tales From The Jacquard (Part 3)
      • 4. Blues
      • 5. Song
      • 6. The Missing Link
      • 7. The Goose
      • 8. Fantasy In D

    Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Tales From The Jacquard (Part 1)

      Side 2

      • 2. Tales From The Jacquard (Part 2)
      • 3. Blues

      Disc 2

      Side 1

      • 1. The Missing Link
      • 2. Song

      Side 2

      • 3. The Goose
      • 4. Fantasy In D