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.

“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

“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

“Wow! What a great CD. The playing is superb”

Dr. Robert Childs

“Under the Spell of Spain defies any category other than: superb.”

Nicholas F. Mondello

“Under the Spell of Spain defies any category other than: superb.”

Nicholas F. Mondello

“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
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