Flood Warning

By
Mark Nightingale
Arranged
Price
£ 19.00 

Flood Warning was written especially for Superbrass by one of the world's top-flight jazz trombonists Mark Nightingale.

  • 4 Trumpets
  • 1 Horn in F
  • 4 Trombones
  • 1 Tuba
  • 1 Drum Kit
  • 1 Vibraphone
  • Reproduced by permission of ABRSM

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Flood Warning began life as a commission by the ABRSM for their new Jazz Syllabus and was a favourite of the late John Dankworth. Its title reflects the undulating figure over which the melody is played. Inspiration for the chord sequence came from Miles Davis’ “All Blues” (although it is faster and in a minor key) and Davis’ idea of using a repetitive bass motif has been kept.  The piece is in 3/4 time and uses a drum kit and vibraphone with 10 brass to create a somewhat retro 1960’s cool jazz feeling. There is an extended improvised solo for one trombone and some screaming lead trumpet in the ‘shout’ chorus, originally arranged to highlight the talents of Andy Wood and Mike Lovatt.

Mark Nightingale is best known as one of the world's top-flight jazz trombonists and can be heard as a featured soloist with ensembles throughout Europe. He is frequently called upon as a sideman in other musicians’ groups, and also works as a session musician in the London studios. Mark has recorded and played with artists from all genres including Ray Brown, Clark Terry, Sting, Scott Hamilton, Cleo Laine, Charlie Watts, Frank Sinatra, Kenny Wheeler, James Morrison and Steely Dan. As well as leading various small groups of his own, he also fronts the Mark Nightingale Big Band featuring his own compositions and arrangements. Many young players know Mark mainly from his popular catalogue of educational studies and short pieces for the publishers ‘Warwick Music’, and material for the ABRSM and other exam boards. Within the profession he is regularly called upon by his contemporaries on all instruments (and in many different genres) to write tailor-made features for them.  He has also received specialist commissions from groups such as LSO Brass, The New Trombone Collective, London Brass and a wide variety of big bands Europe-wide. Mark’s compositions have been featured at International Trombone Festivals across the globe and often with the BBC Big Band, with whom he is an occasional guest conductor. In other fields Mark has written commercially for groups from saxophone quartet to chamber orchestra. Cleo Laine was so taken with his composition ‘Just Once More’ that she put lyrics to it and recorded it live at Carnegie Hall.

“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

“This is joyous stuff; an intelligent, coherent crossover disc, performed with phenomenal punch. Brilliantly recorded too – what’s the point of assembling a collective of virtuoso brass players if they can’t make your ears bleed ?”

Graham Rickson
www.theartsdesk.com

“This intriguing "water-borne" voyage runs the gamut from more classically-tinged interpretations to straight-ahead and improvised jazz. Along that journey we are treated to a highly inspired and masterfully presented performance.”

Nicholas F. Mondello
Allaboutjazz.com

The Brass Herald

Lyndon Chapman
“Simply some of the most exciting and triumphant brass playing I have ever heard!”

“This intriguing "water-borne" voyage runs the gamut from more classically-tinged interpretations to straight-ahead and improvised jazz. Along that journey we are treated to a highly inspired and masterfully presented performance.”

Nicholas F. Mondello
Allaboutjazz.com

“Just wanted to give a general shout-out to SUPERBRASS - who are truly super-bad; for my money, one of the most exciting large brass ensembles EVER.”

Rex Richardson
International Trumpet Soloist
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