David Matthews And The Manhattan Jazz Orchestra – Bach 2000

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“The Manhattan Jazz Orchestra has thrown down the gauntlet. Is anyone else ready to accept the challenge?” – Jack Bowers/AllAboutJazz.

“David Matthews’ arrangements of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach for the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra are ambitious, to say the least. Eschewing any keyboard instruments, he relies on the considerable chops of his 16-piece big band to follow his demanding charts. The opening track, “Toccata and Fugue (In D Minor),” is probably his greatest success, with a driving, up-tempo performance that proves exhilarating. ” – Ken Dryden/AllMusic.

Track listing:

01.Toccata And Fugue (Johann Sebastien Bach) (6:39)
02.Air On The G String (Johann Sebastien Bach) (9:21)
03.Invention № 4 (Johann Sebastien Bach) (6:05)
04.Kyrie (Johann Sebastien Bach) (8:17)
05.Menuet (A Lover’s Concerto) (Johann Sebastien Bach) (7:10)
06.Siciliano (Johann Sebastien Bach) (7:48)
07.Fugue № 2 (Johann Sebastien Bach) (7:32)


David Matthews – arranger & conductor
Lew Soloff, Ryan Kisor, Joe Shepley, Scott Wendholt – trumpets
Jim Pugh, Larry Farrell, Birch Johnson, David Taylor – trombones
Bill Evans – tenor, soprano saxophone & flute
John Clark, Fred Griffin – french horns
Chris Hunter – alto saxophone & flute
Roger Rosenberg – bass clarinet
Tony Price – tuba
Chip Jackson – bass
Terry Silverlight – drums


Label: Milestone
Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 2000