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The Jazz Ambassadors (Original Score)

The Jazz Ambassadors (Original Score) by Michael J McEvoy
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Michael J McEvoy

Label: Rezzonator Music Limited
Released: 2018
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Track Listing

Ole Miss, State Department (Brass only), State Department (Rhythm Section only), No Other World (Motherless), No Justice for Emmett Till (trumpet), A Different Kind of Diplomacy, Bandung Conference, God's Band, Valley of the Kings, Will Change Ever Come, Voice of America, Trouble in Little Rock, No Other World (Original Version), Mourning Song, For Patrice Lumumba, State Department, Dark Russian Eyes, New Life, New Day, A Different Kind of Diplomacy (sax solo), Reflections, The Jazz Ambassadors Theme.


Additional Personnel / Information

Michael McEvoy, Mark Mondesir, Karl Rasheed Abel, Freddie Gavita, Tom Walsh, Kevin Robinson, Paul Booth, Graeme Blevins, Patrick Clahar, Fayyaz Virji, Dennis Rollins.

Album Description

The documentary reveals how the U.S. State Department unwittingly gave the burgeoning Civil Rights’ movement a major voice on the world stage just when it needed one most. Directed by Peabody Award- winner Hugo Berkeley and produced by Emmy-winner Mick Csáky, the film features striking archival footage, photos and radio clips, with iconic performances throughout. American composer, Michael J McEvoy, rose to the challenge of writing an original score that would capture the atmosphere of the times, while creating an underscore that blended seamlessly with the iconic live performances in the film. With nods to jazz innovators Lee Morgan, John Coltrane and Mile Davis, McEvoy’s music is at times meditative and reflective and, at others, segues into hard driving grooves encompassing bebop and blues. While complementing the narrative, McEvoy’s score also stands alone as a unique and mesmerising soundscape.


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