Metropolis was composed during 1968-9. It had been played in various forms by bands ranging from 4 to 25 musicians. This version for big-band was written with the assistance of an Arts Council bursary and was first presented by the London Jazz Centre Society at the Mermaid Theatre, London on May 18, 1969. Re-issued on CD in 1999.
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Mike Westbrook - (Piano).
Nigel Carter - (Trumpet).
Kenny Wheeler - (Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Mellophone).
Harold Beckett - (Trumpet, Flugelhorn).
Henry Lowther - (Trumpet, Flugelhorn).
Dave Holdsworth - (Trumpet, Flugelhorn).
Malcolm Griffiths - (Trombone).
Paul Rutherford - (Trombone, Euphonium).
Paul Nieman - (Trombone).
Derek Wadsworth - (Trombone).
Geoff Perkins - (Bass Trombone).
Mike Osborne - (Alto Sax, Clarinet).
Ray Warleigh - (Alto Sax, Flute).
Alan Skidmore - (Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax).
George Khan - (Tenor Sax).
John Warren - (Baritone Sax).
John Taylor - (Electric Piano).
Gary Boyle - (Guitar).
Harry Miller - (Bass, Cello).
Chris Laurence - (Bass Guitar, Bass).
Alan Jackson - (Drums).
John Marshall - (Drums).
Norma Winstone - (Vocal).
Recorded August 3/4/5 1971
Issued on CD August 1999
BGO Records BGOCD454
Distributed in the UK by Universal Music Group
Early copies of this re-release were plagued with wow, which was particularly apparent on the last section of the piece. This has now been corrected and current copies on sale should be free from this problem. If you have a poorly mastered copy of the CD, BGO are offering a free replacement: BGO, PO BOX 22, BURY ST EDMUNDS, SUFFOLK, IP28 6XQ.
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