Reviewed by Kevin Jarrett MBE – one of NZ’s most celebrated Musical Directors and Cornetists:
Having listened to many CDs from this Band, I believe this is the best. The musicality of Nigel Weeks is obvious throughout the disc.
A varied and popular choice of music with many individual highlights and a lovely ensemble sound and balance throughout. The overture to “Italian in Algiers” by Rossini was outstanding. A lovely musical reading and excellent technique was evident.
John Lewis showed his great versatility, while still featuring his most lovely sound in his two solos – El Cumbanchero and Georgia on my Mind. He is certainly a wonderful player.
A real highlight to me was Kay MacKenzie’s Memory. A lovely musical approach and excellent intonation throughout the range. Kay’s playing throughout the Disc was outstanding. The flugel obligato in Memory was beautifully done. Great to see two marches included – Death or Glory and Simoraine were good choices although I felt percussion were very distant in Simoraine.
The Band was generally well balanced and intonation only suffered a little in the Benedictus.
One of the real features was “Out of Africa”. This beautiful music was given a most musical rendition by Nigel Weeks. The horns and flugel were outstanding and the Band sound was beautifully balanced.
The Finale “Stingray” was really exciting and ended a great listening experience. Nigel Weeks is a most musical man and his influence and musicianship has helped immensely in the production of this excellent disc. A brilliant CD cover tops it off –
A must for your CD collection.