JOHN SUR­MAN/ BER­GEN BIG BAND

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Devon-born sax­o­phon­ist and com­poser John Sur­man first emerged in the cre­ative Bri­tish large en­sem­ble scene of the late 1960s. But his play­ing has al­ways borne traces of the sim­pler, more lyri­cal ap­proach of folk mu­sic, and his di­rect, emo­tional style con­nects him to the wider Euro­pean tra­di­tion of Jan Gar­barek and Terje Ryp­dal. Those two sides of Sur­man’s per­son­al­ity merge in this set of orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions for the renowned Ber­gen Big Band. The in­flu­ence of Gil Evans is clear in Sur­man’s deft ar­range­ments for the brass sec­tion, and he cred­itably makes room for so­los from the band mem­bers. When the com­poser him­self steps up to the mi­cro­phone, the rea­son why he has be­come one of Euro­pean jazz’s defin­ing voices be­comes abun­dantly clear. prop­er­mu­sic.com

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