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    ""Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.""

    Revelation 3:20

     

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    Featured Recording


    Virtuosity


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    Returning for their second GM co-release, Dick Peaslee and Bill Russo celebrate the evolving role of the soloist in contemporary, jazz-inflected concerto and chamber settings.
    Russo's The English Concerto was commissioned in the early 1960s by Yehudi Menuhin and is performed here by the great Stevyn Staryk and the London Jazz Orchestra, the group which gave its 1963 premiere.

    Peaslee's Chicago Concerto was commissioned in the late '60s for Gerry Mulligan and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. Here it is given glorious voice by the extraordinary Gary Smulyan and the Manhattan School of Music Ensemble.

    Peaslee conceived both the Nightsongs and The Devil's Herald with smaller forces in mind the former for trumpet soloist with strings and harp, the latter for tuba soloist with horn quartet and percussion. These works are brilliantly rendered by the musicians for which they were crafted: Philip A Smith, principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, and the venerable tuba virtuoso Harvey Phillips.

     

    Featured Publication


    Great Carols
    A collection of some of the world's best loved Christmas Carols, arranged by multiple composers and selected by James Curnow: Joy To The World; Good Christian Men, Rejoice; What Child Is This?; O Come, All Ye Faithful; Ding Dong Merrily On High; It Came Upon The Midnight Clear; Angels We Have Heard On High; O Come, O Come Emmanuel; O Little Town Of Bethlehem; and He Is Born. These arrangements are for intermediate to advanced level trumpeters. Included is a demonstration CD featuring Phil, as well as a piano and organ accompaniment track. The accompaniment music is sold separately.