Archive for January 12th, 2012

Phil Dwyer Orchestra – Changing Seasons

When Chuck Berry recorded “Roll Over Beethoven,” he sent a message to the stiff-shirted program directors who had decided that classical music was the only popular music to be played on radio.

The thing about classical that made some artists restless was that the popular compositions were often played the same way. In contrast, jazz musicians loved to take a popular song and change things around.

With Changing Seasons (Alma Records, 2012), the Phil Dwyer Orchestra sends a different message: Classical doesn’t always have to sound the same any more than jazz always has to be improvisational. Inspired by Coltrane and Vivaldi, Dwyer integrates a 21-piece string section with a 13-piece horn section, seamlessly moving within and between the worlds of symphonic music and jazz.

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