MIKE WESTBROOK ORCHESTRA
On Duke's Birthday

[hathut, www.hathut.com]

For some Mike Westbrook's albums are a tad difficult, somewhat challenging. Whether it's his political or social themes, people in large tend to shy away from his music. "On Duke's Birthday" is somewhat different. Commissioned on the occasion of tenth anniversary of Duke Ellington's death in 1984, Westbrook had a desire to bring the joy of Duke's music to a wider audience. As he recalls in the liner notes, his love for Duke's material goes way back. "The first Duke Ellington piece I heard was a 78 rpm record of "Black Tan Fantasy" in a play which my father produced in Torquay." Joined by such talent as drummer Tony Marsh, violinist Dominique Pifarely, cellist Georgie Born, saxophonist Chris Biscoe and multitude of others, Westbrook mines Ellington's materials in great detail. Vocalist / trumpeter [heard mostly on trumpet] stands out especially well as does trombonist Danilo Terenzi. Music swings and surprises every step of the way. Pieces are extended to great lengths to ensure each player gets their voice heard. Subtle nuances are heard from time to time, as the leader gracefully makes the music go from a lulling quality into a hard-bopping swing. It's important to add that all pieces are Westbrook originals as the leader wanted to do a proper tribute right from scratch. Album full of reflection and one brimming with joy, "On Duke's Birthday" is the most fitting musical gift anyone could ever wish for.

Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ Robag Wruhme - The Lost Archive 1998 - 2007
+ Rick Wade - Nights Tactics
+ Cristian Vogel - The NeverEngine
+ 10 Years Treibstoff - The Compilation
+ The Seasons - Undone
+ Pupkulies & Rebecca - Beyond The Grace
+ A Number Of Small Things
+ Inaqui Marin - 19
+ Lerosa - Design
+ Kiln - Dusker
+ Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts - Face A L`Est
+ Einmusik - De'Medici
+ Terrence Dixon - Train Of Thoughts
+ Dirt Crew - Raw
+ Best Kept Secrets
+ Deadset - Keys Open Doors
+ Boys Noize - Oi Oi Oi
+ From Antenna To Antenna 1
+ Alter Ego - Why Not?!
+ Clara Hill - All I can provide
+ Ithaca - A Game For All Who Know / White Noise - An Electric Storm
+ Devendra Banhart - Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
+ Damo Suzuki - The Fire of Heaven At the End of Universe. Live at UFO Club
+ Alexandre St-Onge - Mon animal est possible
+ Robert Wyatt - Comicopera

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+ FERRAN FAGES - Cancons Per a un Lent Retard /WILSON / LEE / BENTLEY - Escondido Dreams / PLUMERAI - Without Number / EXTRA GOLDEN - Hera Ma Nono / BELLERUCHE - Turntable Soul Music / MARTIN KUCHEN - Homo Sacer / SAM AMIDON - All is Well / VARIOUS ARTISTS - Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook - Volume Two & Three / PHON°NOIR - The Objects Don't Need Us / ERIC MALMBERG - Verklighet & Beat / LETTERS LETTERS - Letters Letters / GIUSEPPE IELASI - August / PAUL MOTIAN TRIO 2000 + 2 - Live at the Village Vanguards, Vol. 1 / THE PEARLFISHERS - Up With the Larks / VARIOUS ARTISTS - Latin Jazz / FINDLAY BROWN - Separated by the Sea / HIGH TONE - Underground Wobble / FRED FRITH / CHRIS BROWN - Cutter Heads / VARIOUS ARTISTS - Downtown 81 - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack / SUN ELECTRIC - Lost & Found (1998 - 2000) / CHICA AND THE FOLDER - Under the Balcony / QUIPS - Take Two / JACOB ANDERSKOV - Panta Rhei / PHILIP THOMAS - Comprovisation / TOMAS PHILLIPS - Drink_Deep / VARIOUS ARTISTS - Movement Soul - Volume 2 / NAWAL - Aman / ANDREA CENTAZZO / PERRY ROBINSON / NOBU STOWE - The Soul in the Mist / THE FISH - Live at Olympic Café & Jazz a Mulhouse / THE WATERY GRAVES OF PORTLAND AND/ET GENEVIEVE - The Watery Graves of Portland and/et Genevieve / MARCOS FERNANDES / BILL HORIST - Jerks and Creeps / DESIDERII MARGINIS - Seven Sorrows / ORGANUM - Amen
+ MARIMBA CHAPINLANDIA - Chapinlandia - Marimba Music of Guatemala
+ WILD BILLY CHILDISH AND THE BLACKHANDS - Play Capt'n Calypso's Hoodoo Party
+ LASSE MARHAUG / NILS HENRIK ASHEIM - Grand Mutation
+ SPLATTER 3 + N - Clear the Club
+ CONTINUUM - Continuum 2
>> MIKE WESTBROOK ORCHESTRA - On Duke's Birthday
+ MARISKA BAARS / WOUTER VAN VELDHOVEN / RUTGER ZUYDERVELT - Zeeg
+ OREN AMBARCHI - In the Pendulum's Embrace / SUN - I'll Be The Same

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Raw'n'dirty - fotorelacja z koncertu SCORNA w Firleju
+ A new statement - wywiad z Johnem Selway'em
+ The disco therapy - wywiad z Christianem Fuchsem i Suzie On The Rocks z Bunny Lake