Kind of Blue - Orchestrated
Kind of Blue still heads up lists not just as one of the greatest ever jazz albums but one of the most extraordinary recordings of the 20th century. Now, 60 years on from its release, for the first time in Ireland this Miles Davis masterpiece gets the full orchestral treatment. Jazz supremo Guy Barker has arranged the entire album, including orchestrating solos not only by Davis but by John Coltrane and Bill Evans. And who better to perform it than the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, an orchestra that has jazz in its DNA, with Barker himself conducting.
As London Jazz News wrote of the first performance in 2017, 'What could have been cumbersome and overblown is fleet, ecstatic, enthralling.'
Along with the re-creation of a classic, the world premiere of concerto for soprano sax and orchestra by Dave Heath. Ray of Light abd companion has a contemporary feel with Celtic roots, and the soloist for that companion piece Illumination is star sax player from Derry Gerard McChrystal.
Published on 2 April 2019