|Pete Hurt. Photo credit: Trio Records|
Some artists make albums in profusion, and make a lot of noise about them. This, by contrast, is a genuine rarity by one of the most unassuming figures in British jazz. Saxophonist Pete Hurt was born in Nottingham.
In the late seventies he was in the band of composer Graham Collier in the 1970s, and later a member of George Russell’s Living Time Orchestra, the Andy Sheppard big band and bands led by Carla Bley. Pete Hurt was one of the closest colleagues of the late genius Pete Saberton, and has been a regular writing member of the London Jazz Orchestra through most of its existence.
Hurt last produced an album of large ensemble music in 1984: Lost For Words on the Spotlite label, with Ray Warleigh, Chris Biscoe, Pete Saberton and Henry Lowther in the band.
Norma Winstone sums up “Pete Hurt’s arrangements are beautiful and sensitive and really pay attention to the meaning of a song.”
The band on the album crosses generations, and is an amalgam of some of the top big band and studio players in the UK:The album is dedicated to the memory of Pete Saberton and Eddie Harvey
Saxes: Tori Freestone, Martin Hathaway, Josephine Davies, Mick Foster
French Horn: Jim Rattigan
Trumpets: Noel Langley, Robbie Robson, Henry Lowther
Trombones: Nick Mills, Owen Dawson, Richard Henry
Tuba: Dave Powell
Piano: Kate Williams
Guitar: Nick Costley-White
Bass: Andy Cleyndert
Drums: Jon Scott
Conducting and solo Tenor Sax Solo: Pete Hurt
LINKS: SAMPLES FROM THE ALBUM
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