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‘Changing Fortunes’

The Mick Foster Group

Black Box Music



Personnel:- Mick Foster, baritone and soprano saxophones
Jacqueline Dankworth, voice
Dominic Ashworth, guitars
James Pearson, piano
Dave Jones, bass
Simon Pearson, drums

    1. Another Journey
    2. Deep Secret
    3. Nocturne
    4. Changing Fortunes
    5. Feverish
    6. When Your Face Came Rising
    7. Waltz For A Lovely Wife
    8. Intimate Strangers
    9. Broken Promise
    10. Where The Rain Falls

Many composers and arrangers of contemporary music work with specific musicians in mind and that is what baritone and soprano saxophone player Mick Foster has done on this collection recorded in 1999. There is a fine diversification of melody and tempo and all the very capable musicians blend well in whatever Foster has asked them to do. Most of the pieces were composed by Foster with the exception of ‘Waltz For A Lovely Wife’ which was written by Phil Wood and ‘Where The Rain Falls’ - a collaboration between Foster and Jacqueline Dankworth. I am impressed with Foster’s technique on baritone and even the difficult passages are dealt with in a relaxed and confident way and the same goes for his soprano playing especially on ‘Intimate Strangers.’ Dominic Ashworth and Foster have been working together for some time and the experience shows. If one needed a single track to illustrate what the band is capable of then I think ‘Changing Fortunes’ would be my selection but I hasten to add that this in no way denigrates the others.

So often when ‘voice’ is included in the line-up the result can be disappointing to say the least however Jacquiline Dankworth, as is expected from her pedigree, has great feeling for composition and expresses herself without imposing on the territory of the other members of the band. The haunting melody of ‘Where The Rain Falls’ brings out her talent.

Without doubt there is infinite capacity in some of our ‘home-grown’ musicians and this album is a true reflection of the best of contemporary music.

Jack Ashby

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