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Colours of Sound

by Simon Pilbrow & Brent Fischer Orchestra

The best 20th century influences amalgamated into fresh 21st century large mixed ensemble settings.
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Australia (feat. Carl Saunders & Scott Whitfield)
Simon Pilbrow
5:54 $0.99
2. A New Beginning (feat. Larry Koonse & Chuck Berghofer)
Simon Pilbrow
5:22 $0.99
3. Studio City (feat. Brent Fischer & Alex Budman)
Simon Pilbrow
6:22 $0.99
4. Remembering Woody Shaw (feat. Bob Sheppard & Ron Stout)
Simon Pilbrow
5:32 $0.99
5. Autumn Breeze (feat. Alex Budman)
Simon Pilbrow
6:37 $0.99
6. Fast Fingers (feat. Ken Peplowski & Bob McChesney)
Simon Pilbrow
5:53 $0.99
7. A Fischer's Line (feat. Alex Budman & Scott Whitfield)
Simon Pilbrow
6:16 $0.99
8. Surprise (feat. Bobby Shew & Andy Martin)
Simon Pilbrow
4:55 $0.99
9. Joyful (feat. Alex Budman)
Simon Pilbrow
4:57 $0.99
10. Try for Ages (feat. Ken Peplowski)
Simon Pilbrow
6:13 $0.99
11. September (feat. Carl Saunders & Brent Fischer)
Simon Pilbrow & Brent Fischer Orchestra
7:04 $0.99
12. Blue Six (feat. Bobby Shew & Bob Sheppard)
Simon Pilbrow & Brent Fischer Orchestra
5:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
Simon Pilbrow - Composer, Piano
Brent Fischer - Producer, Arranger, Conductor, Vibraphone,
Marimba, Electric Bass
Special Guest Artists:
Ken Peplowski - Clarinet solos on Try For Ages and Fast Fingers
Bobby Shew - Trumpet solos on Blue Six and Surprise
Larry Koonse - Guitar on New Beginning and Autumn Breeze
Chief Recording, Editing and Mixing Engineer: Matt Brownlie
Production Team: Sid Fenley, Kyle MacAulay, Claris Dodge,
Ruth Nichols, Matt Wong, Lorenzo Ferrero
Woodwinds: Bob Sheppard - Soprano, Alto and Tenor Saxes, Alro Flute; Sal Lozano - Alto Sax;
Alex Budman - Soprano, Alto and Tenor Saxes, Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet;
Kirsten Edkins - Alto Sax, Alto Flute; Brian Clancy - Tenor Sax, Alto Flute and Clarinet; Sean
Franz - Clarinet; Gene Cipriano - Bass Clarinet; Bob Carr - Baritone Sax; Lee Callet - Baritone
Sax, Bass Clarinet.
Trumpets: Rob Schaer, Mike Stever, Kye Palmer, Jeff Bunnell, Ron Stout, Carl Saunders
Trombones: Charlie Loper, Andy Martin, Bob McChesney, Scott Whitfield
Bass Trombone: Craig Gosnell, Steve Hughes
Acoustic Bass: Chuck Berghofer (tracks 1,2,4,6, 8-10,12 )
Electric Bass: Brent Fischer (tracks 3, 5, 7, 11)
Drums: Ray Brinker
Strings - Concertmaster, Principal Violin: Assa Drori
Violin: Alex Gorlovsky, Raphael Rishik, Susan Rishik
Viola: Elizabeth Wilson, Lynn Grants
Cello: Maurice Grants, Kevan Torfeh
Contrabass: Oscar Hidalgo
Recorded at NRG Studios in North Hollywood, CA; Mountain Road Studios in Albuquerque, NM
and Clare Fischer Studios in Studio City, CA.
Mastered by Steve Baughman and Mauricio Iragorri at Next Level Mastering
CD Concept: Simon Pilbrow and Brent Fischer
Art Direction, Design and Layout by Ruth Nichols
Brent Fischer plays Contour Basses; Ken Peplowski plays Buffet Crampon Clarinets; Bob
Sheppard uses D’Addario Reeds and MacSax Saxophone Mouthpieces; Bobby Shew, Andy
Martin and Rob Schaer are Yamaha Performing Artists; Sal Lozano plays Selmer Saxophones
and Vandoren Reeds; Kirsten Edkins endorses D’Addario Winds; Jeff Bunnell endorses BACH
trumpets; Scott Whitfield plays Getzen trombones and is a Warburton artist; Craig Gosnell
is a Greenhoe Trombones artist; Ray Brinker plays Yamaha drums, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth
drumsticks and Remo drum heads.
Space Photos courtesy of; Session photos by Ruth Nichols
Many thanks to Royer Labs for the use of their Ribbon Microphones
Special thanks to AEA Ribbon Mics and Preamps
CD Manufacturing and Printing by Discmakers
All Compositions by Simon Pilbrow - APRA

Liner Notes:
Music is something we all listen to everyday to enhance our lives.  Even though I’ve been in the music industry for nearly 40 years, I still am excited to hear bold music statements by gifted composers.  

Simon Pilbrow is on a unique path of his own making, having created an enormous library of brilliant sonic works of art over the decades.  I’ve had the honor of getting to know in great detail nearly 200 of his singular originals and have carefully chosen 12 that I feel represent the breadth of his accomplishments.

It has been a fantastic journey to bring these songs to life and I’ve enjoyed the challenge immensely.  Working together with Simon, I meticulously assembled the stellar teams of professionals, both in front of and behind the microphones, that has led to the music we place before you.  From the emotional message to the caring attention to detail and enthusiasm we both encountered in all of the varied instrumental settings we hope you will delight in here, there has been a great camaraderie in all facets of production.  Enjoy!   --Brent Fischer

I have been privileged to know Brent Fischer for about six years. He is an accomplished composer, brilliant arranger and orchestrator, terrific organizer, conductor, electric bassist and vibraphonist. Our musical association began in 2011, after I wrote to his father, the innovative pianist/composer, Dr. Clare Fischer (1928-2012), to express my appreciation for his music. I have remained in contact with both Brent and Clare’s wife Donna since then, but sadly, Clare’s health was already in decline, and he died in 2012. His music lives on, thanks to Brent’s commitment to preserving his father’s musical legacy, leading many continuing Clare Fischer ensembles, unearthing previously unheard compositions, orchestrating and recording them, and releasing CDs to great critical acclaim.

At some point in our dialogues, I mentioned that I had written a number of jazz compositions, several of which were held in the Gerry Mulligan collection in the US Library of Congress, but never recorded them. Brent was interested to hear them and suggested that I might like to record them one day with top US musicians. After several visits to LA and after much discussion, we decided in February 2017 to proceed, and set an ambitious schedule, to prepare twelve pieces for recording in late May. Brent arranged four of them for big band, two for clarinet choir, two for a nonet, two with strings and two for quintet, with particular soloists and section players in mind. Brent assembled a dream-team of exceptional musicians – all are highly accomplished players and incredible improvisers - who executed his inspiring but demanding charts brilliantly and played wonderful solos. The rhythm section of bassist Chuck Berghofer and drummer Ray Brinker was pivotal because of their great versatility and experience. Brent’s enthusiasm has been unwavering, and it has been a great honour to collaborate with him and be surrounded by such extraordinary players.

Australia (2014)
This cheerful tune is loosely based on “Rhythm Changes”, and the A-section has a completely pentatonic melody, although I discovered this only after I wrote it! It features the remarkable trumpeter Carl Saunders, young tenor titan Brian Clancy, and masterful trombonist Scott Whitfield.

Studio City (2015)
Coming to LA several times in recent years has been inspirational on many levels, not the least of which has been the opportunity spend time at the Fischer home, and absorb some of the rich musical ambience. It has been a pleasure to step inside this hub of musical creativity - to listen to Clare Fischer Big Band rehearsals, to explore Clare’s sheet music archive, play on his piano, and observe Brent at work. “Studio City”, a bright, up-tempo Latin tune inspired by our LA visits, was written in 2015. It is a “Thank-you” to the Fischers – Brent and Clare’s wife Donna, for their warm welcome and kind hospitality. If there is some subliminal Fischer influence in this piece, I would be proud to admit it. Brent’s lively arrangement features a gregarious Alex Budman alto sax solo and Brent’s luminescent marimba solo.

A New Beginning
Over many years, I have written a number of waltzes for my wife, Jean. They are each subtitled “Waltz For Jean” and this turns out to be the very first one that I wrote for her in early 1989, shortly before we became engaged. It features Alex’s affable interpretation and sparkling solo on soprano sax, and a splendid solo from guest guitarist Larry Koonse.

A Fischer’s Line
Dedicated to the memory of Clare Fischer, and written in 2012, I originally conceived this for clarinets in four-part harmony. Brent expanded it for a five-part clarinet choir with powerful vamping solos from Scott’s trombone and Alex’s soprano sax and clarinet later. It was a treat to have Gene Cipriano on bass clarinet, at 89, purportedly the most recorded saxophone player in history!

Try For Ages
Written in 2011, the title is an anagram of Gary Foster, our good friend, first-class reed player and a fifty-year musical associate of Clare Fischer. The A-section is loosely based on a 12-bar blues structure, but with a twist, as the frame shifts between keys a minor third apart. The anagram came into my head while I was in our yard doing some bricklaying, which helped to cement it in my mind. Brent has arranged it for clarinet choir and it features excellent solos and interplay between Alex on bass clarinet and guest Ken Peplowski on clarinet.

This 2005 piece came to me while in church, and it has a “straight-8’s” rhythmic feel. Brent told me that it reminded him of some of Vince Guaraldi’s composing for “Peanuts”! On the day of the recording, Brent wrote a fabulous 16-bar chord sequence as an interlude at the conclusion of each solo, and presented it to us moments before recording it, which we ran through and incorporated. Alex’s alto flute and Brent’s vibraphone blend nicely on the melody.

Blue Six
This bebop blues tune was written in early 1981, in memory of much loved trumpet great, Blue Mitchell (1930-79). Blue was a distinguished alumnus of the Horace Silver band, as was our guest trumpeter, Bobby Shew, decades later. While most blues tunes are organized into three 4-bar sections, this one unusually has two similar 6-bar sections. Brent arranged this for nonet, featuring commanding solos by Bob Sheppard and Bobby Shew.

September (2014)
Written for my wife Jean in September 2014, this is a Latin tune in 5. When I wrote it, I envisaged a string ensemble backing, and Brent has woven intricate five-part string parts behind the melody. Carl Saunders takes the melody and plays the warm flugelhorn solo.

Remembering Woody Shaw
I have long admired the great Woody Shaw, for his trailblazing trumpet playing and for his outstanding compositions. I met him in 1981 when he played in Melbourne, and he was very friendly. I was deeply saddened to learn of his death in 1989, and wrote this tune soon afterward, reviving it a few years ago and giving it some renovations. When I analyze it now, it has a certain logic to its form: the melody is in three sections with the “A” section phrase being a statement, the “B” a question, and the musical tension resolving in the “C” answer. Sheppard opens the melody on soprano sax, and later joins Whitfield in vigorous solo exchanges. The marvelous trumpet solo is from Ron Stout.

Autumn Breeze
I have long enjoyed the bossa-nova compositions of Brazilian Antonio Carlos Jobim, and I would readily admit his influence. I wrote this particular Bossa Nova tune in 2008, and the melody is based around a simple motif that wanders away from its home key centre and works its way back again. It was conceived to be a gentle, relaxed kind of tune, and features Alex’s sensitive alto flute playing, Larry’s sympathetic guitar accompaniment and Brent’s exquisite string harmonies.

Fast Fingers
This is a lively bebop tune I wrote in 2010. The main section came to me while at the piano, noodling around in triple octaves. The bridge is a more serpentine melody with a repeating, diminished scale phrase. Pianists noted for double- or triple-octave lines included Phineas Newborn, Oscar Peterson and Roland Hanna, but this tune was inspired by Benny Green who has pushed the possibilities even further! This mighty arrangement features a visceral alto sax solo from Sheppard, blistering trumpet from Mike Stever, virtuoso clarinet from guest Ken Peplowski, peppery trombone from Bob McChesney, an exuberant, layered solo free-for all, before piano trades with brilliant drummer Ray Brinker.

This is a happy tune that I wrote in 1990, and was another of those tunes that came to me as I sat down at the piano. The “Surprise” title was partly because the tune came out of nowhere, partly because of the abrupt chord change in the second bar of the melody, and also because my wife happened to enter the room at that very moment! Solo features include the muscular tenor of Bob Sheppard, the effervescent bebop trumpet of Bobby Shew, and the breathtaking, leaping trombone lines of Andy Martin. Brent composed a beautiful chorale opening for the tune, which slowly accelerates into the main tempo - his father Clare would have loved it – and reappears later before the final melody. -- Simon Pilbrow

Personnel by Track:
1. Australia 5:53
Reeds: - Bob Sheppard, Sal Lozano,
Alex Budman, Brian Clancy*, Bob Carr
Trumpets: Mike Stever, Kye Palmer,
Jeff Bunnell, Ron Stout, Carl Saunders*
Trombones: Charlie Loper, Bob McChesney,
Scott Whitfield*
Bass Trombone: Craig Gosnell
Vibraphone: Brent Fischer
Piano: Simon Pilbrow*
Bass: Chuck Berghofer
Drums: Ray Brinker
2. A New Beginning 5:21
Soprano Saxophone: Alex Budman*
Guitar: Larry Koonse*
Piano: Simon Pilbrow
Bass: Chuck Berghofer
Drums: Ray Brinker
3. Studio City 6:22
Reeds: Alex Budman*, Kirsten Edkins, Bob
Sheppard, Brian Clancy, Lee Callet
Trumpets: Rob Schaer, Mike Stever,
Jeff Bunnell, Ron Stout
Trombones: Charlie Loper, Andy Martin,
Scott Whitfield
Bass Trombone: Steve Hughes
Vibraphone: Brent Fischer
Piano: Simon Pilbrow*
Electric Bass: Brent Fischer
Drums: Ray Brinker
4. Remembering Woody Shaw 5:31
Reeds: Bob Sheppard*, Bob Carr
Trumpets: Jeff Bunnell, Ron Stout*
Trombone: Scott Whitfield*
Bass Trombone: Craig Gosnell
Piano: Simon Pilbrow*
Bass: Chuck Berghofer
Drums: Ray Brinker
5. Autumn Breeze 6:37
Alto Flute: Alex Budman*
Guitar: Larry Koonse
Piano: Simon Pilbrow*
Electric Bass: Brent Fischer
Drums: Ray Brinker
Violins: Assa Drori, Alex Gorlovsky, Raphael
Rishik, Susan Rishik
Violas: Elizabeth Wilson, Lynn Grants
Cellos: Maurice Grants, Kevan Torfeh
Contrabass: Oscar Hidalgo
(* denotes solo)
6. Fast Fingers 5:53
Personnel as per Australia
Guest Clarinet Soloist: Ken Peplowski
Solos: Sheppard, Stever, Peplowski,
McChesney, Pilbrow, Brinker
7. A Fischer’s Line 6:16
Clarinets: Alex Budman (also Soprano Sax)*,
Brian Clancy, Sean Franz, Lee Callet
Bass Clarinet: Gene Cipriano
Flugel: Carl Saunders
Trombones: Scott Whitfield*
Piano: Simon Pilbrow*
Electric Bass: Brent Fischer
Drums: Ray Brinker
8. Surprise 4:54
Personnel as per Studio City, except -
Bass: Chuck Berghofer
Guest Trumpet Soloist: Bobby Shew
Solos: Sheppard, Shew, Martin
9. Joyful 4:57
Alto Flute: Alex Budman*
Vibraphone: Brent Fischer
Piano: Simon Pilbrow*
Bass: Chuck Berghofer
Drums: Ray Brinker
10. Try For Ages 6:12
Personnel as per A Fischer’s Line
Guest Clarinet Soloist: Ken Peplowski
Solos: Peplowski, Budman
11. September 7:03
Trumpet: Carl Saunders*
Vibraphone: Brent Fischer
Piano: Simon Pilbrow*
Electric Bass: Brent Fischer
Drums: Ray Brinker
Strings as per Autumn Breeze
12. Blue Six 5:53
Reeds: Bob Sheppard*, Bob Carr
Trumpets: Jeff Bunnell, Ron Stout
Trombone: Scott Whitfield*
Bass Trombone: Craig Gosnell
Piano: Simon Pilbrow*
Bass: Chuck Berghofer
Drums: Ray Brinker*
Guest Trumpet Soloist: Bobby Shew
(* denotes solo)

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