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by Louis Dowdeswell Big Band

Big Band leader and high note trumpet specialist, Louis Dowdeswell, brings the classic big band sound to a new generation, featuring a selection of music made famous in film, performed by an all-star line up of Britains finest jazz musicians.
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sing, Sing, Sing!
5:18 album only
2. Bridge over Troubled Water
5:04 album only
3. Zero to Hero
4:52 album only
4. When You Wish Upon a Star
4:08 album only
5. Let It Go
4:10 album only
6. Game of Thrones
5:26 album only
7. Go the Distance
3:59 album only
8. Circle of Life
4:23 album only
9. Gonna Fly Now
4:46 album only
10. The Incredibles Suite
8:27 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
The CD you now hold in your hands has been in the works for three years or so. During this time, Louis Dowdeswell has become a household name among the trumpet community, and rightfully so. Louis’ body of work over the past several years is nothing less than impressive. In addition to Louis’ jaw-dropping abilities on the trumpet, he also produced, mixed and recorded this project - all while barely out of his teens!

I’ve been following Louis’ career path since he was 16 years old. Even at a young age, it was obvious Louis was destined to blaze a trail of excellence. With his partner in crime, Callum Au, doing the original arrangements for this project, they are a team that we will be hearing from for many years to come. Callum, in his mid twenties, has already developed his own unique style. In addition to Callum’s writing skills, he is also an incredible trombone player and producer in his own right. From the first tune of this CD to the last, it’s obvious that these great musicians are setting a new standard.

I am proud that I was included on this project. Bravo to all involved.

Wayne Bergeron, 18th April 2018, Los Angeles, CA, USA

I've had tremendous fun scoring the big band arrangements for this album. The ensemble you are listening to is without a doubt the single finest group of musicians I have ever had the privilege of writing for, and Louis is a uniquely talented musician whose meteoric rise to the pinnacle of the trumpet world could not be more deserved, even if his particular brand of perfectionism does make Da Vinci look sloppy and amateurish!

If you listen carefully, you'll notice a few not-so-subtle allusions to (and thefts from) some of the arrangers and artists who have influenced me most in my approach to the big band - Duke Ellington, Nelson Riddle, Maynard Ferguson, and of course the inimitable Gordon Goodwin. I've had a lot of fun playing with traditional big band forms and modern grooves, and introducing ever stranger instruments to the ensemble, from the dulcimer to the dizi via the contrabass clarinet! Special thanks to Phil Knights for his impeccable score copying, which makes reading these charts down far easier than they have any right to be.

Callum Au, 21st April 2018, London, UK

About 4 years ago I was chatting to Ryan Quigley about his albums. He told me that I should make one myself, but I didn't feel ready yet. In response, he said: “you’ll never feel ready to make an album. You should just do it!”. Of course, he was right, as he often is - however, I was already making video content on YouTube for my small but growing list of subscribers, and I wanted a way to link that in with any future recording project.

I was on a big band gig with Callum Au in early 2015 where we discussed the possibility of making a YouTube video of the famous song ‘Let it Go’ from Disney’s ‘Frozen’, which was very much in vogue at the time. We sketched it out round the piano in the green room, much to the annoyance of the rest of the band members! Before I knew it, the completed chart was in my email inbox (though in concert Bb rather than the final concert C, which I didn’t think high enough, much to my immediate regret!). I called some of my favourite players and best friends on the London scene to see if they fancied recording it with us.

We finally finished the video in June 2015 and we were amazed and encouraged by the warm response from the citizens of the Internet. Although we had never planned on doing more than one video at first, due to the audience reaction we decided that another was in order. After the success of ‘Go the Distance’ from ‘Hercules’, we launched a Patreon campaign to help us release content at a more regular rate. Once we had seven videos in the bag, we realised that there was nearly enough content for a record. The final three tracks took over a year to put together, in large part because they were some of the more ambitious orchestrations.

The recording process that has led to this album is unique for the genre. The increased interest and engagement from fans over time naturally led to an increased investment and commitment from us. Furthermore, since the tracks were recorded over such a long period and in such different circumstances, not only are there many different musicians involved, but there are also many different and eclectic recording spaces - from a world-class studio to the kitchen in my student house!

Louis Dowdeswell, 26th April 2018, London, UK



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