Arrangers Anonymous

For decades now, arrangers in music have traditionally been undervalued, in many cases underpaid or not even identified, and certainly under appreciated in terms of an understanding of the complexity of what they do.

They are the unsung heroes of the music world, all members of Arrangers Anonymous.

In this new series, Russell Davies is joined by arranger/composer/conductors Barry Forgie and Steve Gray, to analyse and deconstruct a collection of outstanding jazz scores, discovering how each arrangement actually works and what was in the mind of the arranger when the piece was conceived.

Episodes

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JF01-01Say It Isn't So20050910

For decades now, arrangers in music have traditionally been undervalued, in many cases underpaid or not even identified, and certainly under appreciated in terms of an understanding of the complexity of what they do.

They are the unsung heroes of the music world, all members of Arrangers Anonymous.

In this new series, Russell Davies is joined by arranger/composer/conductors Barry Forgie and Steve Gray, to analyse and deconstruct a collection of outstanding jazz scores, discovering how each arrangement actually works and what was in the mind of the arranger when the piece was conceived.

Features Billy May's 1956 arrangement of Say It Isn't So.

JF01-02I Got Plenty O' Nuttin20050917

This programme features Bill Potts' 1959 score of I Got Plenty O' Nuttin from his best known work, The Jazz Soul of Porgy and Bess, an album recorded in 1959.

JF01-03My Ship20050924

They feature My Ship - a Kurt Weill melody from the Broadway musical Lady In The Dark - arranged in 1956 by Gil Evans for the Miles Davis album, Miles Ahead.

JF01-04 LASTKing Porter Stomp20051001

Originally a piano solo by Jelly Roll Morton, written as early as 1906.

It went on to be arranged by Fletcher Henderson for his own orchestra and later Benny Goodman's band - and stomped on to be revived by Gil Evans on his late - Fifties LP New Bottles, Old Wine.

Then Evans revisited it in 1975, for his album There Comes a Time, by which stage Evans' tastes had otherwise moved on to the music of Jimi Hendrix and the like.

So this piece from the ragtime era is a remarkable survivor.

JF02-01I'm Old Fashioned20061125

This programme explores Bill Holman's score of I'm Old Fashioned, arranged as a feature for trombonist Mark Nightingale.

JF02-02Such Sweet Thunder20061202

This programme explores three numbers from the suite Such Sweet Thunder, by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn

JF02-03Us20061216
JF02-04 LASTThe Continental20061230

They focus on The Continental, an arrangement by Bill Finegan for the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra of 1949.