Composed by
Jim Rattigan
Arranged by
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The idea for Juanear (meaning “to dupe”) came on one such visit, where Jim encountered the lively town band that loves to let its hair down playing latin jazz.

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Jim is a frequent visitor to the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz in the Basque province of Northern Spain. The idea for Juanear (meaning “to dupe”) came on one such visit, where Jim encountered the lively town band that loves to let its hair down playing latin jazz. He was particularly impressed with Juan, the enthusiastic trombone soloist and Miguel the crazy trumpeter who played by ear and was never happier than when playing everything an octave (or two) above the ozone layer.

Jim Rattigan has performed all over the world both as a jazz soloist and as a band member of various groups. These include the Michael Brecker Quindectet, the Charlie Haden/Carla Bley Liberation Music Orchestra, the McToy Tyner Big Band, Django Bates’ Delightful Precipice, the Creative Jazz Orchestra with Kenny Wheeler, Brad Mehldau with the Britten Sinfonia, the Guy Barker Big Band and the Simon Purcell Purcell Octet. Jim has toured and recorded with the Mike Gibbs Band, Hans Kollers’ New Memories, the London Sinfonietta, the Julian Arguelles Ensemble and Mark Lockheart’s Scratch Band. Jim formed “Pavillon” in 2000 and recorded “Unfamiliar Guise”. In 2004 he recorded “Jazz French Horn”, in 2010 he released “Shuzzed” and in 2011 “Strong Tea’. Jim studied French horn at Trinity College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Whilst a student, he worked with the Bobby Lamb/Ray Premru Big Band, he was also a member of the European Community Youth Jazz Orchestra (Eurojazz). On leaving college he embarked on a free-lance career working with all the major London orchestras and small ensembles. He joined the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) where he was a member for six years, he left the RPO in 1995 to concentrate on composition and develop his passion for jazz on french horn. Jim has written music for many types of ensemble for performance and recording as well as music for film, T.V. and radio.

“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 ?”

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Dr. Robert Childs
Musical Director, Cory Band

“The arrangements all sound fresh, and the playing is beyond reproach.”

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Classical CD Reviews

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“Exploding onto the brass music scene with their debut album ‘Under the Spell of Spain’, the depth of versatility and virtuosity within the ranks of Superbrass has firmly secured it's place as one of the greatest large brass ensembles of all time”

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