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Curtain Up!
'Their combined sense of improvised swing mixed with passion and enjoyment obviously shine through nine big and small screen songs and themes.'
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MusicWeb International
'...full of elegant and educated playing.'
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Mojo
4 Stars
'Gratifying, old-school trio jazz arrangements of movie tunes with affectionate nods to the witty, straight-ahead 1950s groups of André Previn and Oscar Peterson among some sensitive contemporary reharmonisation, notably Chariots Of Fire. Dave Newton (piano), Tom Farmer (bass) and Matt Skelton (drums) play with a will to swing that is simply intoxicating.'
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Jersey Jazz
'The performances of these songs by Big Screen are a joy to hear.'
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Jazzwise
'This is a classy showing and Linn's high quality production values back it all the way.'
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The Guardian
'There are some smart reharmonisations... Newton - a pianist with a sublime touch, a rich harmonic imagination and understated power to surprise - is ripplingly graceful on a whispering Chariots of Fire, light-stepping and jubilant (over Skelton's crisp brushwork and Farmer's walk) on Hello Young Lovers and Ole Man River.'
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London Jazz News
'...this highly professional trio have duly delivered a highly polished album, beautifully recorded...'
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The Observer
4 Stars
'When it comes to bold originality and delicacy of touch, Newton is unbeatable...You'll be amazed by the transformations that emerge.'
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Big Screen - Take One - Soul and Jazz and Funk


11 April 2015
Soul and Jazz and Funk
Bill B

BIG SCREEN are "new" jazz trio.... but the three members won't mind anyone saying they've been around the scene for quite some time. Driving force behind the combo is drummer Matt Skelton who made his name playing with the John Wilson Orchestra. Bass player is Tom Farmer - a regular at Ronnie Scott's and a member of the award winning Empirical Quartet and pianist is veteran David Newton, who last year at the British Jazz Awards was voted Best Jazz Pianist for an incredible 13th time!

Collectively called Big Screen, the team are about to release their debut album.... not surprisingly (given their name) a collection of film music. Amongst the chosen tunes are Vangelis' 'Chariots Of Fire' and 'Hello Young Lovers' from 'The King And I'. The threesome are clearly fans of 'My Fair Lady' too..... they include three tunes from that show - 'On The Street Where You Live', 'Get Me To The Church On Time' and 'Wouldn't It Be Loverly'.


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