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Big Screen - Take One - The Observer


24 March 2015
The Observer
Dave Gelly
4 Stars

Big Screen is a trio: pianist David Newton, bassist Tom Farmer and drummer Matt Skelton. Their aim, to recast cinema music in the jazz idiom, is not new but the possibilities are endless. When it comes to bold originality and delicacy of touch, Newton is unbeatable. He can re-harmonise a tune so persuasively that you almost forget how the original sounded. And they choose some unlikely tunes too. How do you set about the theme to Chariots of Fire, or When Somebody Loved Me, the song from Toy Story 2? You'll be amazed by the transformations that emerge.
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