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Happy Reunion - Ken Peplowski & Alan Barnes with the Woodville All-stars (2011)
1. Cop-out, 2. Sweet as Bear Meat, 3. Ko-ko, 4. Happy Reunion, 5. Frisky, 6. Humph, 7. Latino, 8. Straight Back, 9. Four and Six, 10. The Mooche, 11. Through for the Night

This is another album of Ellington associated tunes, mostly with Johnny Hodges connections. Arrangements are by Alan, Andy Panayi and me (tracks 1, 3, 4, and 10).

Ken Peplowski - tenor sax, clarinet, Alan Barnes - alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, Robert Fowler - tenor sax, baritone sax, clarinet, Bruce Adams - trumpet, Mark Nightingale - trombone, Robin Aspland - piano, Andrew Cleyndert - bass, Bobby Worth - drums

Alan Barnes Octet - Harlem Airshaft (2008)
1. Take the ‘Duke’ Train, 2. Snibor, 3. Second Line, 4. Black Butterfly, 5. Fantazm, 6. Harlem Airshaft, 7. Sunswept Sunday, 8. Battle Royal, 9. Tonight I Shall Sleep, 10. Fife, 11. Brown Penny, 12. La Plus Belle Africaine

Alan asked my to write this album for him in May ‘07 and the recordings were done the following January with this amazing line-up! Since then more music has been written and ‘volume 2' is a strong possibility!

Alan Barnes - alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, Tony Coe - tenor sax, soprano sax, clarinet, Andy Panayi - baritone sax, clarinet, flute, Bruce Adams - trumpet, flugel horn, Andy Wood - trombone, John Horler - piano, Alec Dankworth - bass, Mike Smith - drums

Zoe Gilby - Now That I Am Real (2007)
1. Ode to Billy Joe, 2. In the Heat of the Night, 3. Wes Coast Blues, 4. Love for sale, 5. My Heart Belongs to Daddy, 6. How Long Has This Been Going On? 7. Squeeze Me, 8. I Got It Bad and That Aint Good, 9. Sunday, 10. Autumn Serenade, 11. The Lady is a Tramp, 12. If I Only Had a Brain

I first heard Zoe at the Cork Jazz Festival in 2006. Her highly original approach to singing has received praise from many quarters including the iconic US singer, Sheila Jordan.

Zoe Gilby - vocals, Graham Hardy - trumpet, flugel horn, Mike Carton, Andy Hillier - trombones, Russell van den Berg - tenor sax, Graham Hearne - piano, Russ Pearson - bass, Tony Faulkner - drums, arrangements (except track 3)

Tony Faulkner Jazz Orchestra - Thad Jones and the Ellington Effect (2006)
1. Abstract, 2. Duke Ellington, 3. Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, 4. The Ellington Effect, 5. Portraits, 6. Master of Surprise, 7. Aftermath

This band was organised, and the music written and recorded for a tour which was unfortunately aborted due to lack of funding.

Andy Schofield - alto/soprano saxes, clarinet, Tim France - alto sax, flute, Russell van den Berg - tenor/soprano saxes, Suzanne Higgins - tenor sax, flute, Tony Harper - baritone sax, bass clarinet Bryan Davis, Ryan Quigley (Tracks 1 - 3, 6,7), Robbie Robson, Henry Lowther, Graham Hardy, Richard Iles (tracks 4,5) - trumpets Mike Carton, Rick Taylor, John Kenny (tracks 1-3, 6,7), Andy Hillier (tracks 4,5) - trombones, Sarah Williams - bass trombone Mike Walker - guitar (tracks 1-3, 6,7), Graham Hearne - piano, Dave Markee - bass, Peter Fairclough - drums

Nancy Hunter - Ice Cream Inside (2006)
1. Alone Together, 2. You’ve Changed, 3. Dindi, 4. I’m All Smiles, 5. Black Coffee, 6. Skylark, 7. How Insensitive, 8. All Too Soon, 9. Seduced, 10. Lover man, 11. Sudden Waves, 12. Moonlight in Vermont

Nancy is a former LCM student with a beautiful, pure voice. I worked with her many times, usually in trio settings before this 2006 recording.

Nancy Hunter - vocals, Jim Corry - alto sax, Simon Kaylor - Tenor sax, Gary Boyle - guitar, Les Chisnall or Robin Joiner - piano, Russ Pearson - bass, Tony Faulkner - drums, arrangements (tracks 1,2,4,5,7,8 and 10)

Colin Byrne Jazz Orchestra - Leaving For Home (2006)
1. Crazy Monday, 2. As if Only, 3. Demolition Baritone, 4. Talking, 5. 1916, 6. Leaving for Home, 7. Time to remind Me

Drummer/arranger/composer Colin Byrne has written some of the toughest and best music I’ve ever had to play. Unfortunately, as with the Iles/Schofield Jazz Orchestra, this band had a far too short existence.

Donal Donnelly, Steve Salkind, Tony Burkhill, Rob Mitchell, Sam Thornton - saxes/ woodwind, Tom Tait, Sean Hollis, James Hamilton , Gareth Smith - trumpets, Matt Ball, Andy Hillier, Scott Coutts, Duncan Hamilton - trombones, Chris Moore - piano, Darren Dutson Bromley - guitar, Paul Moore - bass, Tony Faulkner - drums

Duke Ellington Repertory Orchestra - Live at Ronnie Scott’s (2003)
1. Take the ‘A’ Train, 2. V.I.P. Boogie, 3. Three cent Stomp, 4. Hit Me With a Hot Note, 5. The Mooche, 6. Chinoiserie, 7. Tootie for Cootie, 8. Prelude to a Kiss, 9. Bakiff, 10. What Else can You Do With a Drum, 11. You Better Know It, 12. Jack the Bear, 13. Minnehaha, 14. Intros, 15. A Tone Parallel to Harlem

A Leeds College of Music ensemble dedicated to the Music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. This 2003 edition of the band was one of the best.

Saffron Beagley - alto sax, clarinet, Sam Hudson - alto sax, Emma Frampton - tenor sax, clarinet, Simon Taylor - tenor sax, Emma Brent - baritone sax, clarinet, Andy Veale, Sean Hollis, Tom Tait, Simon Beddoe, Ed Mayo - trumpets, Matt Ball, Scott Coutts, Andy Hillier - trombones, James Sturdy - piano, Phil Bell - guitar, Xuan Lindenmeyer - bass, Eiric Skaar - drumsMimi Pearce - violin (track 9), Aimee Mukerdjee (tracks 4,13), Jon Mattacola (tracks 10,11) - vocals, Tony Faulkner - director

Kenny Wheeler - A Long Time Ago (1999)
1. Long Time Ago Suite, 2. One Plus Three (version 1), 3. Ballad for a Dead Child, 4. Eight Plus Three/Alice My Dear, 5. Going For Baroque, 6. Gnu Suite, 7. One Plus Three (version 2)

This ensemble was organised for a South Bank concert and short tour to celebrate Kenny’s 65th birthday. The recordings were made two or three years later.

Kenny Wheeler - flugel horn, John Taylor - piano, John Parricelli - guitar, Derek Watkins, John Barclay, Henry Lowther, Ian Hamer - trumpets, Pete Beachill (tracks 2-7), Richard Edwards (track 1), Mark Nightingale - trombones, Sarah Williams, Dave Stewart - bass trombones, Tony Faulkner - conductor

Richard Iles - From Here to There (1999)
1. Appleton Avenue, 2. All Good Things, 3. When there’s Nothing Left to Say, 4. Harry Crabtree - part one, 5. Harry Crabtree - part two, 6. Lime cay, 7. Whisper, 8. Word Chimes, 9. Krell Knowledge, 10. Embers.

Among the ten tracks on this CD are five by the Iles/Schofield Jazz Orchestra. Formed around ‘95 the band ended abruptly after a short tour in ‘99. Richard’s great tunes are arranged by Andy Schofield - a wonderful arranging talent.

Personnel tracks 3,4,5,9 and 10
Richard Iles - flugel horn, Andy Schofield - alto sax, clarinet, arranger, Tim France - alto sax, flute, Iain Dixon - tenor sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, Suzanne Higgins -tenor sax, flute, Norman Brown - baritone sax, soprano sax, Malcolm Melling, Georgina Bromilow - trumpets, Craig Wild, Jamie Coleman -trumpets, flugel horns, Duncan Winfield, Andy Wood, Alistair White - trombones, Mark Frost - bass trombone, Mike Walker - Guitar, Les Chisnall - piano, Gary Culshaw - bass, Tony Faulkner - drums

Dave Stahl Bigband - Standard Issue (1991)

1. It Could happen to You, 2. Take the ‘A’ Train, 3. Lament, 4. On Green Dolphin Street, 5. Alone Together, 6. Jazz Me Blues, 7. Speak Low, 8. Careless Love, 9. When I fall in Love, 10. Falling in Love with Love, 11. Killer Joe, 12. Caravan

New York based, Dave Stahl (ex. Basie, Ferguson, Rich) contacted me around 1986 when I was living in Australia. Amongst the charts I wrote for him he recorded these two (tracks 6 and 8) with a fabulous New York team in 1991

Dave Stahl - trumpet, Rick Centalonza - Alto/tenor saxes, Frank Perowsky - tenor/soprano saxes, flute, Gary Keller -tenor sax, flute, Ed Xiques - baritone sax, Joe Mosello, Danny Cahn, John Eckert, Brian Lynch - trumpets/flugel horns,Rick Stepton, Larry Farrell - trombones, George Flynn - bass trombone, Joel Weiskopf - piano, Tony Scherr - bass, Terry Clarke - drums, Tony Faulkner - arranger (tracks 6,8)

Paul Gonsalves - Humming Bird (1970)
1. Humming Bird, 2. Medley: Body and Soul, What is there to say, It’s the talk of the Town, 3. All the Things You Are, 4. Sticks, 5. X.O.X., 6. In a Mellow Tone, 7. Almost You

I was living in Cardiff when drummer Benny Goodman asked me to write some songs for this CD, to be recorded by none other than Paul Gonsalves, one of my heroes from the Duke Ellington Orchestra. It was originally issued on vinyl in 1970

Paul Gonsalves - tenor sax, Kenny Wheeler - trumpet, David Horler - trombone, Stan Tracey (tracks 1,5) Alan Branscombe - piano, Dave Green (tracks 1,5) Kenny Napper - bass, Benny Goodman - drums, Tony Faulkner - arranger/composer (tracks 1,7)