USA RELEASE: David Tennant Narrates Peter And The Wolf And Jazz!
Today sees the release of a new David Tennant audio project, Peter And The Wolf And Jazz! in the USA.
Narrator David Tennant invites you to share in a strange and wonderful adventure: a jazz big band adaptation of Prokofiev's famous tale. Jazz instruments take the place of the classical orchestra in this innovative adaption and in addition The Amazing Keystone Orchestra introduce listeners to the sound of the big band and to the history of jazz. The booklet relates the story in a series of magnificently realised illustrations (by Martin Jarrie). Commissioned by the Festival Jazz a Vienne where it was first performed on June 28th 2012, this 'non-classical' Peter and the Wolf aimed to introduce children to all forms of jazz. In 1936 the composer of Ivan the Terrible offered an introduction to the instruments of the classical orchestra. Three-quarters of a century later, this new recording allows listeners to explore the sounds of a big band, along with the history of jazz and improvisation through its evolution and its various genres. This artistic initiative uses a formation very close to the typical Duke Ellington band: 2 alto saxes, 2 tenors, 1 baritone, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets and the rhythm section made up of the only strings in the group: piano, double bass and guitar. The only addition to this classic big band line up, indispensible for the bird, is the flute and, replacing the fourth bass trombone, the tuba.
USA fans can buy the CD online here - out now!
UK fans can pre order the CD here - released 2 October 2015
A preview of the tracks can be heard here.