Jack Walrath: Orange Has Me Down
Orange Has Me Down
Jack Walrath (trumpet)
Journey, Man! (Evidence ECD 22150-2)
Jack Walrath (trumpet),
Bobby Watson (alto sax), Craig Handy (tenor sax), Kenny Drew, Jr. (piano), Ray Drummond (bass), Victor Lewis (drums).
Composed by Henry Purcell and Jack Walrath.
Recorded: New York, November 28-29, 1995
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
This may sound like a musical joke at first hearing. Henry Purcell's Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary (also known as the opening tune in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange soundtrack) played by some kind of brass band, with a loud piano emphasizing the chord progression and indulging in Chopin-like arpeggios? Then the bass launches a reggae beat on which Walrath's trumpet improvises, with a counter-chant from the other horns! And it's so playful and funny that you're convinced Purcell himself would have approved of this version that makes life, dance and joy spring out of what was originally meant to be a death moan.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum