Paul Towndrow – ‘Deepening The River’

Sometimes you just have to reblog a well written review. There is nothing I could add to Mark McKergow’s piece that would justify my doing so.

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Paul Towndrow – Deepening The River
(Paul Towndrow’s Bandcamp. CD review by Mark McKergow)

This hour-long suite for an extended big band line-up marks alto saxophonist Paul Towndrow’s elevation to a major voice on the international jazz scene.  The music is riveting, varied, thoughtful and exhilarating, packed with influences and styles and superbly performed by a top-class ensemble packed with leading young Scottish musicians from jazz, folk, Indian and classical traditions.

Paul Towndrow’s youthful looks belie the extent and depth of his experience: he has been a member of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra for more than two decades; he is a band leader, composer and educator; he has released five small-group albums over the years and has had a varied sideman career with the likes of Hue & Cry, Sharleen Spiteri, and Martha and the Vandellas.

A successful commission for double-big-band to celebrate the Glasgow Commonwealth Games of 2014…

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