Having had a career in classical music and now playing jazz, I thought that I would write some music that would combine the two worlds. This is not crossover music but a juxtaposition – the two styles working side by side. I worked with Julian for many years in the Academy of St Martin’s chamber orchestra and asked him to record the music with his quartet. The quartet becomes a quintet when I call on the double bass to play ‘arco’ (with the bow) and the french horn is a bridge between to two genres.
My heartfelt thanks to all these wonderful musicians, Julian, Alison, Nick Barr and Nick Cooper, Nikki, Michael and James. Also to Michele, Ronan, Alessandro, Peter and Alex for their great work. Martin, Ric, Jossy and all at Three Worlds Records.
– Jim Rattigan