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The big band returns! With its debut CD, Holland Park Non-Stop on the HEPJAZZ label, this powerful band shows the genre is alive and kicking. Under the leadership of US composer, arranger and reedsman Frank Griffith, the band displays its affection for the music’s past while sounding decidedly fresh and contemporary.
Internationally acclaimed vocalist Tina May appears on three tracks. One is a brand new treatment of Jimmy Van Heusen’s classic, Oh You Crazy Moon, given a fresh coat of paint by Griffith as requested by label boss, Alastair Robertson – and Tina’s spirited and swaggering delivery really does send it into lunar orbit.
Other standout solo contributions include those from trumpeters, Steve Fishwick and Freddie Gavita; Swedish trombonist, Mattias Eskilsson and leading UK saxophonists, Matt Wates and Karen Sharp. Recent Jazz Parliamentry Award Winner, pianist, John Turville leads a rhythm section, joined by drummer, Matt Home and bassist, Spencer Brown.