Kenny Mathieson´s New releases review in the The Scotsman
may 2008 ]
"KEN MATHIESON’S CLASSIC JAZZ ORCHESTRA: SALUTES THE JAZZ KINGS LAKE RECORDS, £11.99 ****
DRUMMER Ken Mathieson (no relation to your reviewer) leads his eight-piece band in a series of fresh re-workings of classic material from six early jazz masters, and throws in his own tribute to the late Kenny Davern for good measure. The repertoire draws on familiar music from Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Bix Beiderbecke, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller and King Oliver, but Mathieson's thoughtful and cleverly constructed new arrangements avoid simply re-treading old ground, while suggesting the influence of a more contemporary figure, such as Gil Evans, in their use of colour and texture. The combination of two brass (trumpeter Billy Hunter and trombonist Phil O'Malley) and three reeds (Konrad Wiszniewski, Dick Lee and Martin Foster) with the rhythm section of pianist Tom Finlay, bassist Roy Percy and the drummer provides plenty of scope for creativity in the arrangements, and Mathieson leaves ample room for the soloists to make their own cogent contributions."
nFrom Alison Kerr in Scotland on Sunday
may 2008 ]
"Ken Mathieson's Classic Jazz Orchestra Salutes The Kings Of Jazz
Lake LACD 261, £11.99
The Classic Jazz Orchestra is a Scottish eight-man band which, in just three years, has firmly established itself as a fixture on the festival circuit. This is thanks to its winning combination of tight ensemble playing, terrific soloists (including the crème de la crème of the Scottish jazz scene) and leader – and drummer – Ken Mathieson's imaginative arrangements. Many of the tunes date as far back as the 1920s, but they're revived in style here and sound as fresh as ever.
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