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The World’s First French Horn Big Band

For Immediate Release

London, UK

Cala Records announces the release of Give It One (CACD0117) with The London Horn Sound

Big Band—the first-ever big band of French horns. Featuring nineteen of London’s finest horn

players and pianist Gwilym Simcock, Britain’s “Jazz Musician of the Year”, Give It One covers the

jazz spectrum with a dazzling array of standards and new compositions.

Conductor of Give It One and Artistic Director of Cala Records, Geoffrey Simon, comments: “This

CD shows not only that fine French horn players have the versatility and talent to excel in the big

band idiom, but that they produce an amazing collective sound, like no big band ever heard

before. The music goes from red-hot to velvety cool.”

New light is shed on favourites, including Not Like This, Daydream, Give It One and God Bless

The Child, in the hands of inventive arrangers Richard Bissill, Tim Jackson, Jim Rattigan and

Gwilym Simcock. These British musicians equally revel in their own creations, such as Bissill’s

quirky Fat Belly Blues, Rattigan’s lilting Caseoso, Jackson’s witty Three Point Turn and Simcock’s

take-no-prisoners Blues for Hughie.

The hornists are drawn from such orchestras as the London Philharmonic, London Symphony,

Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic and BBC Symphony, and include, amongst others, horn-world

legends Richard Bissill, Nigel Black, Laurence Davies, Pip Eastop, Anthony Halstead, Dave Lee,

Frank Lloyd, Martin Owen and Hugh Seenan.

Give It One, p. 2

Gwilym Simcock’s multiple contributions to Give It One as pianist, composer, arranger and, for a

brief moment, solo jazz horn player, add further layers of character and virtuosity to the recording.

Says Hugh Seenan, the project’s creator and former principal horn of the London Symphony:

“Gwilym’s awesome playing, scintillating one moment and exquisite the next, inspired us horn

players to the greatest heights and led us seamlessly into the realm of jazz.”

London’s Evening Standard says of Simcock: “A meteoric rise to stardom… Hailed for his

originality and a gifted pianist, he is wanted everywhere and is one to watch.” Simcock and the

French horns are supported by the experienced Sam Burgess bass and Martin France drums.

Cala Records Vice-President Jeremy Swerling notes: “In addition to the twelve tracks on this 73minute CD, we are pleased to offer four further tracks exclusively as digital downloads from

giveitone.com: Tim Jackson’s rollicking Sound Of Music Jazz Suite.”

Give it One follows Cala Records’ first massed-horn CD, The London Horn Sound (CACD0112),

which has sold over 22,000 copies and continues to be a top seller. The independent British label

is known for its world premiere orchestral recordings and its unique, 10-CD London Sound Series

of virtuoso single-instrument orchestras. Simon comments: “The London Horn Sound has become

iconic amongst horn players and Give it One will extend this tradition. But it has been created to

appeal also, on its merits, to jazz enthusiasts.”

For sound samples, a list of personnel with their biographies, the story of the recording sessions,

contact details and the opportunity for the public to blog, visit giveitone.com.



For further information and to arrange interviews with the principals, please contact:

UK and Europe: Susi Kennedy +44 (0)20-8883 7306; Den här e-postadressen är skyddad från spamrobotar, du måste ha Javascript aktiverat för att visa den

USA and Asia: Jeremy Swerling +1 (410) 653-5900 or 1-800-TRY-CALA(879-2252);

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