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Celebration

Arild Andersen, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Tommy Smith

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1
May Dance
Arild Andersen; Tommy Smith; Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
6:27
2
Molde Canticle, Pt.1
Arild Andersen; Tommy Smith; Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
8:51
3
Crystal Silence
Arild Andersen; Tommy Smith; Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
10:05
4
Ulrikas Dans
Arild Andersen; Tommy Smith; Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
11:15
5
Independency, Pt.4
Arild Andersen; Tommy Smith; Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
16:59
6
My Song
Arild Andersen; Tommy Smith; Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
8:08
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    61:45
"Lyricism is, in fact, a key foundation of Celebration, whether it's in Andersen's ever-present voice, Smith's own occasional solo opportunities, or the arrangements themselves, which run the gamut from potent dramaturgy to sublime understatement ... Andersen and Smith make a clear statement: that ECM's vast repertoire is, in fact, filled with music rife for reinterpretation in any context. Hopefully this Celebration won't be the last."
- All About Jazz

Double bassist Arild Andersen shines as the principal soloist in a celebration of music drawn from ECM's catalogue with specially-commissioned big band arrangements of well-known pieces by Dave Holland, Chick Corea, Trygve Seim, Jan Garbarek and Keith Jarrett, recorded live at Glasgow’s Royal Conservatory in October 2010. Resourceful saxophonist Tommy Smith adds powerful tenor solos, provides an arrangement and directs the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra on this programme that spotlights Andersen’s own 16 minute composition Independency, sensitively and powerfully arranged here by Mike Gibbs. Other contributing arrangers are Makoto Ozone, Christian Jacob, Geoff Keezer and Trygve Seim/Øyvind Bræke, all of whom contribute sterling work with arrangements likely to enter modern jazz’s big band repertory book.
48 kHz / 24-bit PCM –   ECM Records Studio Masters

Recorded live October 2010 at Stevenson Hall, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Recording Engineer: Mark McKellen
Edited and mixed by Tommy Smith, Arild Andersen, Manfred Eicher and Jan Erik Kongshaug (engineer) at Rainbow Studio, September 2011
Cover Photo: Muriel Olesen
Liner Photos: Roar Vestad
Album produced by Manfred Eicher

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