1. A Symphony of Amaranths:
Carillon; Nocturne; Entracte; Impromptu
2. The Dong with a Luminous Nose
3. Three Poems: After Long Silence; She Weeps Over Rahoon; Will You
Walk A Little Faster?
4. National Anthem & Tango
NEIL ARDLEY A Symphony Of Amaranths
'A Symphony of Amaranths'
is the most romantic and harmonically dense piece of music that the late
Neil Ardley ever composed.
Scored for a large jazz orchestra, this highly-collectable 1971-recorded
album also contains two vocal settings by Ardley, being 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.
In its first ever CD
release, re-mastered from the studio tapes, the album concludes with a
bonus track in Ardley’s jokey setting of the National Anthem that segues
effortlessly into a light tango.
Ardley’s music, the
performances of a veritable jazz who’s who - including Frank Riccotti,
Dave Gelly (who writes the notes for this reissue), Jon Hiseman, Barbara
Thompson, Norma Winston, Stan Tracey, Jeff Clyne, Henry Lowther, Harold
Beckett and Dick Heckstall-Smith, and the production values of Denis
Preston, render 'A Symphony of Amaranths’ one of the most important
British jazz albums ever made.