Billie Jean

By
Michael Jackson
Arranged
Jock McKenzie
Price
£ 20.00 

Billie Jean was written by Michael Jackson and produced by Jackson and Quincy Jones, blending post-disco, rhythm and blues, funk and dance/pop. The lyrics describe a woman, Billie Jean, who claims that the narrator is the father of her newborn son.

  • Bite-Size Brass Band
  • 3 Cornets
  • 1 Flugel
  • 1 Tenor Horn
  • 3 Trombones
  • 1 Euphonium 
  • 1 Tuba
  • 1 Drum Kit

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Billie Jean was written by Jackson and produced by Jackson and Quincy Jones, blending post-disco, rhythm and blues, funk and dance/pop. The lyrics describe a woman, Billie Jean, who claims that the narrator is the father of her newborn son. Jackson said the lyrics were based on groupies' claims about his older brothers when he toured with them as the Jackson 5. It reached number one in the UK, Switzerland and Belgium and the US Billboard Hot 100, where it remained for seven weeks and sold over 10 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time. Frequently listed in magazine polls as one of the best songs ever made, Billie Jean was named the greatest dance record of all time by BBC Radio 2 listeners.

Michael Jackson, The King of Pop, is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest entertainers in the history of music. Jackson's contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his well-publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. Through stage and video performances, he popularised complicated dance techniques such as the moonwalk, to which he gave the name. His sound and style have influenced artists of various genres. The eighth child of the Jackson family, Jackson made his professional debut in 1964 with his elder brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon as a member of the Jackson 5 and began his solo career in 1971 while at Motown Records, rising to solo stardom with his fifth studio album Off the Wall in 1979 during the peak of disco. His music videos, especially those for Beat It, Billie Jean, and Thriller from his sixth album Thriller, are credited with breaking racial barriers and transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. His popularity helped propel the television channel MTV into a prominent highlight of 1980s pop culture.


“The CD is just fabulous. The ensemble playing is fantastic; the tightness of the ensemble is amazing; the balance and dynamics are just brilliant.”

Philip Biggs
The Brass Herald

"Who but the best professionals could live up to this ?... Everything about this disc is to be recommended, the recording is crystal clear and the playing and arranging of the first water”

Dr. Paul Sarcich
www.mvdaily.com

“One of the all time great brass recordings OF ALL TIME”

Jiggs Whigham
International Jazz Trombone Soloist and Musical Director, BBC Big Band

"WOW !!!!! all of you should be locked up !!!! What great stuff - the compositions/arrangements, the playing (OUTRAGEOUS !!! ), everything is simply fantastic. (actually - i couldn't have expected anything less ! ) Many, many thanks to you and all for your superb contributions. yet again, you've managed to raise the bar! (an inch or two is ok but a few yards is really unfair !!!!!!!!!! )"

Jiggs Whigham
International Jazz Trombone Soloist, Musical Director, BBC Big Band, President International Trombone Association and Professor Hanns Eisler College of Music, Berlin

“Many recordings over the last few decades have demonstrated the superb quality of British brass playing; 'Under the Spell of Spain' will rightfully take its place among them.”

Paul Sarcich
www.dailyclassicalmusic.com

“Another impressive offering then from Superbrass, and a worthy successor to their excellent debut disc”

Dr. Gavin Dixon
Classical-CD-Reviews.Com

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