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Label: Self Produced
I'll See You In My Dreams; Smile; On The Street Where You Live; The Death Theme; Pure Imagination; Marlowe's Theme: Alfie; If I Only Had A Brain.
Gary Alesbrook: trumpet, flugelhorn; George Cooper: piano; Will Harris: double bass; Scott Hammond: drums. Also featuring: Phil King: vocal (7); Elliott Cole: vocal (2); Tom Meighan: vocal (5).
Judging by his resume, trumpeter and flugelhorn player Gary Alesbrook likes to mix things up. He’s played on live shows and studio sessions for Kasabian, Noel Gallagher, Scissor Sisters, Rag N Bone Man, Raphael Saadiq, Kelis and Tom Jones, as well as movie, TV and computer game soundtracks. Each has proved the perfect setting for his warm and lyrical sound and although Alesbrook has shown his dexterity as a player able to cross multiple genres, it is Jazz that drives his debut album. ‘Jazz in Movies’ is Alesbrook's first solo album and sees him transition from the unassuming sideman to the confident frontman. His early years as a jazz artist were influenced by players such as Chet Baker, Clark Terry and Clifford Brown and it’s the intuitive use of swing that is very evident in his first work. His use of melody and beautifully crafted phrasing hark back to an era who’s footprint has been left most notably in the world of movies. “I’m driven by the idea of ‘swing’ and I love movie soundtracks with their link to some of the finest jazz standards around, so this seems like a natural and obvious debut for me.” The choice of songs create an intriguing and emotive cinematic journey, from the convivial gypsy jazz feel of ‘I’ll See You In My Dreams’, to the playful vulnerability of ‘Pure Imagination’, Alesbrook's confidence in his band and his ability to direct his players to create a dramatic mood for each track is palpable. From the intense opening of Ennio Morricone’s ‘Death Theme’, to the film noir feel of ‘Marlowe’s Theme’, Alesbrook takes you on a nostalgic stroll through the past, creating an impressionable reminder of what has been left behind and offers the exciting possibility of what is to come.
David S. Ware Quartet