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Neil Ardley - A Symphony of Amaranths  

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Artist: Neil Ardley  
Album: A Symphony of Amaranths
Genre:  Experimental Big Band, Modal
Label: Dusk Fire Records
Recording: 1971
Quality: FLAC
Size: 282 MB


Amaranths are everlasting flowers, and A Symphony of Amaranths is dedicated to two immortals who produced the greatest orchestral jazz music - Duke Ellington and Gil Evans. The whole work is based on their initials - the notes DE and GE - and A Symphony of Amaranths is the second in a trilogy of works begun with The Greek Variations and followed by Kaleidoscope of Rainbows that all use a sequence of notes to provide the foundation for composition and improvisation. The album, recorded in 1971, was the first recording ever to receive an Arts Council award. Scored for a large jazz orchestra (effectively the New Jazz Orchestra, which Neil Ardley had directed in the 1960s) with added woodwind, harp and strings, A Symphony of Amaranths is the most romantic and harmonically dense piece of music that Neil Ardley ever composed.
This album also contains two vocal settings by Neil Ardley, the earliest example of his vocal music. The first is a setting of Edward Lear's famous nonsense poem The Dong with a Luminous Nose wonderfully and uniquely told by Ivor Cutler backed by an unusual chamber orchestra containing keyboards, vibraphone, harp, violin and cello that provides an atmospheric setting for the poem. The second setting is of three poems by W.B. Yeats, James Joyce and Lewis Carroll, beautifully sung by Norma Winstone with the large jazz orchestra minus the strings.

Derek Watkins, Nigel Carter, Henry Lowther, Harold Beckett - trumpet, flugelhorn
Derek Wadsworth, Ray Premru - trombones
Dick Hart - tuba
Barbara Thompson, Don Rendell, Dick Heckstall-Smith, John Clementson, Bunny Gould - woodwinds
David Snell, Sidonie Goossens - harp
Frank Ricotti - vibraphone
Stan Tracey - piano, celeste
Neil Ardley - prepared piano
Dave Gelly - woodwinds, glockenspiel
Karl Jenkins - electric piano
Alan Branscombe - harpsichord
Chris Laurence, Jeff Clyne - bass
Jon Hiseman - drums, percussion
Jack Rothstein, Kelly Isaacs, Eric Gruenberg - violin
Ken Essex - viola
Charles Tunnell, Francis Gabarro - cello
Ivor Cutler - narrator
Norma Winstone - vocals
Jack Rothstein, Neil Ardley - conductor

01. A Symphony of Amaranths for Duke Ellington and Gil Evans: Carillon, Nocturne, Entracte, Impromptu - 25:07
02. The Dong with a Luminous Nose told by Ivor Cutler - 11:52
03. Three Poems sung by Norma Winstone: After Long Silence, She Weeps over Rahoon, Will You Walk a Little Faster? - 11:24
04. National Anthem & Tango - 1:40
Recorded in summer 1971.
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