JC SAN­FORD ORCHES­TRA

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - COR­MAC LARKIN

Views from the In­side Whirl­wind

There’s big bands, there’s large en­sem­bles and then there’s or­ches­tras. Brook­lyn trom­bon­ist and com­poser JC San­ford’s 15-piece orches­tra is a mot­ley af­fair by clas­si­cal stan­dards – like a school band made up of what­ever in­stru­ments the stu­dents hap­pen to play, but in a good way. The leader de­ploys his forces de­lib­er­ately, find­ing room for vi­bra­phone and ac­cor­dion but only one vi­o­lin and one cello. The re­sult is a tex­tu­rally un­usual, episodic suite of com­po­si­tions that nod to pi­o­neers of the form (Bob Brook­meyer, Gil Evans, Kenny Wheeler) as well as the more main­stream sounds of Hol­ly­wood film and 1970s cop­show theme tunes. Of the 15, per­cus­sion­ist Satoshi Takeishi, vi­bra­phon­ist Tom Beck­ham, and trum­peter Matt Hol­man are among the stand outs.

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