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The Borderline Suite – The Chris Whiter Quintet

 

Jazz/Funk

Billie Jean  – 2’03” Arrangement of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean. Performed by The Metropole Orchestra and conducted by Vince Mendoza

Clax’s Theme (arr.) – 4’25” Transcription and adaptation inspired by the Chris Walden arrangement of Til Bronner’s ballad.  Trumpet solo – James Copus. Saxes/Flutes/Clarinets – Chris Whiter. Trumpets/Flugels – Louis Dowdeswell. Trombones – Owen Dawson. Guitar – Rob Luft. Piano – Vince Webb. Recording and Mixing – Chris Whiter. 

Flurries (arr.) – 4’40” Seriously funky track by Soulive, arranged for 2 saxes, 4 brass and percussion. Tenor solo – Osian Roberts. Bari Sax – Chris Whiter. Tpts – Gerard Atkins, Chaz Hutchings. Bone – Kyle Shells. Sousaphone – Andy Kershaw. Percussion – Martin Johnson, Matt Hodge.

Pioneers – 9’24” A large scale work for Big Band and String Orchestra. Saxes/Flutes – Chris Whiter. Trumpets – Louis DowdeswellJames Copus. Trombones – Owen Dawson, Barry Clements. Guitar – Rob Luft. Piano – Vince Webb. Bass – Joe Downard. Drums – Joe Evans. Recording and Mixing – Chris Whiter.

The Change (Extract) – 1’01” Contemporary Big Band work that takes the listemer on a journey from the rainforest to the city. It has a pseudo-classical minimalist feel, with the re-use of motifs that develop through the arrangment, before finally settling into a funk groove.  Tenor solo – Nadim Teirmoori. Full personnel and CD available here.

Orchestral/Film

One Final Stand – 2’29”  Choir, strings and pulsating rhythms build into an epic orchestral soundscape with sweeping brass lines and modern electronic percussive elements.

Reflections – 2’25” Minimalist work in the style of Philip Glass, with a mysterious and brooding mood.

The Incredibles (arr.) – 2’45” Sax Quartet arrangement of Michael Giacchino’s theme from The Incredibles. Saxophones – Chris Whiter

When She Loved Me (arr.) – 2’54”  Sax Quartet arrangement of Randy Newman’s song from Toy Story 2. Saxophones – Chris Whiter

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