A Symphony of Amaranths (Vinyl)
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Neil Ardley

A Symphony of Amaranths (Vinyl)

Wah Wah Records

Personnel:
Neil Ardley (p, arr), Jack Rothstein (cond), Harry Beckett, Henry Lowther, Derek Watkins, Nigel Carter (tp, flh), Derek Wadsworth, Ray Premru (tb), Dick Hart (tuba), Bunny Gould (bassoon), John Clementson (Oboe), Barbara Thompson, Dave Gelly, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Don Rendell (saxes), Stan Tracey (p, celeste), Karl Jenkins (el-p), Frank Ricotti (vib), Chris Laurence, Jeff Clyne (b), Jon Hiseman (d), Erich Gruenberg, Jack Rothstein, Kelly Isaacs (violin), Ken Essex (viola), Charles Tunnell, Francis Gabarro (cello), Dave Gelly (Glockenspiel), David Snell, Sidonie Goossens (harp), Alan Branscombe (harpsichord), Norma Winstone (vocals)

Reference: WBSLP016 LP

Bar code: 4040824082789

One of the big names in UK Jazz, Neil Ardley was offered the leadership of the seminal New Jazz Orchestra in 1964. Under his direction the Orchestra moved though different styles and changes of personnel, bringing in musicians such as Mike Gibbs (trombone), Harry Beckett andHenry Lowther (trumpets) or even Jack Bruce (bass), some of them also contributed with the writing of some original compositions, making the NJO the root from which the UK's 70's jazz scene was to blossom.

By 1972 the NJO was already defunct, but his legacy remained in the works of its members. Ardley's 'A Symphony Of Amaranths' is a perfect example of what was boiling in the UK jazz scene. It was Ardleys tribute to his idols Duke Ellington and Gil Evans, and featured the skills of some great musicians of the scene including Don Rendell,Stan Tracey, Henry Lowther, Harry Beckett, Jeff Clyne & Jon Hiseman. Side B is inspired by the words of Edward Lear, W. B. Yeats, James Joyce and Lewis Carroll that are musicated by Ardley and feature, among other highlights, Ivor Cutler's narration of 'The Dong With A Luminous Nose' and Norma Winstone's vocals on 'Will You Walk A Little Faster'.

Tracklist

Side One:

1. A Symphony of Amaranths
[For Duke Ellington and Gil Evans]
- Carillon 5:50
- Nocturne 7:19
- Entracte 6:06
- Impromptu 5:41

Side Two:

1. The Dong with a Luminous Nose (Words: Edward Lear)
2. Three Poems
- After Long Silence (Words: J. B. Yeats) 4:08
- She Weeps Over Rahoon (Words: James Joyce) 3:21
- Will You Walk a Little Faster? (Words: Lewis Carroll) 3:44
3. Outro 1:38 *

All music composed and arranged by Neil Ardley
(*) Bonus Track not on the original LP

Album details

Format: LP / 12" / 33rpm / STEREO
Label: WAH WAH RECORDS
Catalogue Reference: WBSLP016
Recording Year: 1972
Country of Pressing: SPAIN
Comments: Sealed New Copy
Reissue of the original EMI/Regal Zonophone SLRZ 1028
Cover Grade: MINT
Vinyl Grade: MINT

Personnel:
Neil Ardley (piano, arranger), Jack Rothstein (conductor Side A), Harry Beckett, Henry Lowther, Derek Watkins, Nigel Carter (trumpets, flugelhorn), Derek Wadsworth, Derek Wadsworth, Ray Premru (trombones), Dick Hart (tuba), Bunny Gould (bassoon), John Clementson (Oboe), Barbara Thompson, Dave Gelly, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Don Rendell (saxes), Stan Tracey (piano, celeste), Karl Jenkins (electric piano), Frank Ricotti (vibes), Chris Laurence, Jeff Clyne (assb), Jon Hiseman (drums), Erich Gruenberg, Jack Rothstein, Kelly Isaacs (violins), Ken Essex (viola), Charles Tunnell, Francis Gabarro (cellos), Dave Gelly (Glockenspiel), David Snell, Sidonie Goossens (harps), Alan Branscombe (harpsichord), Norma Winstone (vocals).

Sound engineer: John Mackswith
Recordings produced and supervised by Denis Preston
Art design: Jill Oxley
Original liner notes: Richard Williams
Sound mastered from the original tapes
Price:

$24.68  (tax incl.)

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