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Barry Kilpatrick
American Record Guide, September 2014

The MTSU Wind Ensemble is a fine band with no obvious weaknesses, strong principal players, and excellent ensemble precision. Very impressive. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2014

Rather unusual in this series of discs, we have a release largely devoted to twenty-first century British composers who work in the field of brass and wind bands. Nigel Clarke[’s]…style is distinctly influenced by tonal music written in middle part of the 20th century, Earthrise being Clarke’s response to the photo of earth taken on the epic Apollo 8 manned mission to the Moon. Particularly impressive in the slow music that captures the sense of peace and weightlessness in space, it is an attractive score. Their Finest Hour, pictures the scene as the British air force entered into the battle to save the country from the threat of German invasion. Kit Turnbull followed much the same path as Clarke through military bands to the study of composition. Griot is, by any other name, a trombone concerto using West African culture as its backdrop. Again tonal but with a distinctly modern idiom, its two fast dance movements surrounding a slow and rather sombre movement with David Loucky as the very nimble soloist. The disc is completed by the jazz orientated, Sortes Diabolorum, from one of Spain’s best known jazz performers, Jesus Santandreu. Excellent playing from the Tennessee Wind students conducted by Reed Thomas. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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