National Youth Jazz Orchestra – She Said (2022) [FLAC 24 bit, 44,1 kHz]

National Youth Jazz Orchestra - She Said (2022) [FLAC 24 bit, 44,1 kHz] Download

Artist: National Youth Jazz Orchestra
Album: She Said
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2022
Audio Format:: FLAC (tracks) 24 bit, 44,1 kHz
Duration: 01:19:41
Total Tracks: 11
Total Size: 893 MB


1-01. National Youth Jazz Orchestra – Wild Oak (09:36)
1-02. National Youth Jazz Orchestra – Struttin’ With Some Barbecue (06:00)
1-03. National Youth Jazz Orchestra – A Timeless Place (05:49)
1-04. National Youth Jazz Orchestra – Willow Weep for Me (07:07)
1-05. National Youth Jazz Orchestra – The Earth Keeps Spinnin’ (07:05)
1-06. National Youth Jazz Orchestra – Remind Me (04:44)
1-07. National Youth Jazz Orchestra – Transition (08:13)
1-08. National Youth Jazz Orchestra – Nurrquss (08:41)
1-09. National Youth Jazz Orchestra – Celeste (07:24)
1-10. National Youth Jazz Orchestra – You Do?! (08:02)
1-11. National Youth Jazz Orchestra – God Bless the Child (06:56)


“She Said” is the culmination of a year-long programme at the National Youth Jazz Orchestra to remix the gender balance in jazz, the album features collaborations with leading artists including legendary vocalist Norma Winstone, trumpeter/composers Yazz Ahmed and Laura Jurd, pianist Nikki Iles and saxophonist Josephine Davies.Through newly-commissioned music, live performance, research projects and support for emerging musicians, the project has expanded the number of works by female composers in NYJO’s repertoire and championed female role models. Their intention was to feature artists whose distinctive voices can be transcribed into compositions for large ensemble and to reach into the history of women’s contributions to jazz, shedding light on how the roots of this music nourish current innovation and creativity.

The project features four composers who have created a personal space in today’s musical landscape, and whose musical spirit is fortified and enhanced, rather than diluted, by the big band setting. Laura Jurd, Issie Barratt, Nikki Iles and Yazz Ahmed were given an open brief: to compose freely, drawing on their imagination and particular circumstances. The resulting works are ‘The Earth Keeps Spinning’, ‘You Do?!’, ‘Wild Oak’ and ‘Nurrquss’.

Around these new works, NYJO Artistic Director Mark Armstrong built a programme that provided musical contrast and a flavour of traditional big band music. Beginning with Lil Hardin in the 1920s, the programme emphasises the quality and relevance of female composers’ output in the first decades of jazz. It also honours female arrangers and lyricists, featuring widely known jazz standards such as ‘Willow Weep for Me’ and the heart-stopping lyrics and delivery of Norma Winstone. It is a genuine tribute to NYJO’s work and reputation that peerless guest artists such as Norma Winstone, Yazz Ahmed, Nikki Iles and Josephine Davies appear alongside our young musicians, performing their own compositions, and that Georgina Jackson and Shirley Smart bring such character to the tracks they feature on.

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