Born in Dirt an' Din

For over a decade, Mr McFall’s Chamber has from time to time supplemented its core string line-up with a jazz trio of piano, bass and drums, often with an additional wind player as soloist – a role fulfilled here by Maximiliano Martín’s virtuosic clarinet. This typically eclectic programme showcases some of the results of these collaborations.

Newly commissioned works from Tim Garland, Paul Harrison, Martin Kershaw and Mike Kearney sit alongside Robert McFall’s own arrangements of playful, cartoon-like short numbers by the renowned American composer, bandleader and inventor Raymond Scott.

"Combining edgy post-industrial synth textures with ominous electronic percussive grooves, [Harrison’s title-track] Born in Dirt an’ Din presents the past through a futuristic post-industrial lens…Harrison’s other composition on the album, Consequences, demonstrates a willingness to explore jazz and classical combinations within a chamber setting…Another excellent, high-quality offering from Mr McFall’s Chamber."

"this CD is like a vivid kaleidoscope of impromptu freely expressed creativity. The colors in this kaleidoscope are spinning along with the radiant, bright, expressive, elevating and vibrant sound. It makes you awake and exhilarated throughout the entire recording, while adding new colors and instruments to each composition. What a thrilling musical collection to experience!"


Producer: Paul Baxter
Recording venue(s): Gorbals Sound Studios, Glasgow
Recording dates: 28-30 October 2018
Physical format: Jewel case
Number of discs: 1
Release date: 30 August 2019
Album ID: DCD34210
Total playing time: 1:03:52

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