The Big Mezze

By
Jock McKenzie
Arranged
Price
£ 16.50 

I am particularly fond of the odd olive or two – or indeed the whole tub. Having watched a TV programme all about the culinary benefits of olives I was inspired to create a musical whistle-stop tour of the Mediterranean Basin – the ‘old world’ region where olive trees grow.

  • 4 Trumpets
  • 1 Horn in F
  • 4 Trombones
  • 1 Tuba
  • 1 Drum Kit

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I am particularly fond of the odd olive or two – or indeed the whole tub. Having watched a TV programme all about the culinary benefits of olives I was inspired to create a musical whistle-stop tour of the Mediterranean Basin – the ‘oldworld’ region where olive trees grow. On this trip various countries enjoy a brief visit. Musically speaking the piece provides tongue-in-cheek hints of Spain, The Balkans, Turkey and Lebanon to name but a few; finishing with the inevitable nod in the direction of Zorba and his native Greece. I hope you enjoy this musical platter of olives and other regional delights. J.M.

Jock McKenzie studied trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester where he was a joint recipient of the college’s concerto prize. Since 1987 Jock has based his musical career in Hampshire, working as a freelance trumpeter, conductor, composer, arranger and brass teacher. Currently Jock holds the position of Professional Leader (Brass) for Hampshire Music Service and is the Director of the Hampshire County Youth Band. It is the mix of all of these musical roles that has led to Jock establishing a reputation as a leading creator of brass music resources, particularly in the field of education and brass ensemble music.

"The more I listen to this album the more I find to enjoy and the more impressed I am. The wealth of talent on display in terms of composing, performing, recording and producing is fantastic"

Kevin Morgan
The British Trombone Society

“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

“Under the Spell of Spain is a showcase of virtuosic playing by some of London’s finest brass and percussion players. Highly recommended!”

Jon Gorrie
Founder, BrassMusician.com

“An absorbing selection of refined choices and inspirational highlights. Marvellous."

Keith Ames
The Musician (MU)

“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”

Tom Davoren
Brass Band World

“The entire programme can be likened to a sumptuous feast, with each track having its own highly delectable and thoroughly satisfying flavour. The CD is surely compulsive listening for all brass and percussion enthusiasts.”

C Brian Buckley
Brass Band World
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