Goodbye Swingtime

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Matthew Herbert doesn't come by his swing connections lightly. As a teenager he played keyboards in a 25-piece Glenn Miller tribute band, though it must be granted, that gig was simply one among many during an active early career. He began making music at the age of four, inspired by his father, a sound engineer for the BBC. After a decade making records under several monikers, time spent exploring the music of sound in a dance context, Goodbye Swingtime -- his debut at the helm of the Matthew Herbert Big Band -- comes as a surprisingly trad date. Still, while the record begins with songs that flaunt his compositional skills he and arranger Pete Wraight reveal an affinity for...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
Matthew Herbert doesn't come by his swing connections lightly. As a teenager he played keyboards in a 25-piece Glenn Miller tribute band, though it must be granted, that gig was simply one among many during an active early career. He began making music at the age of four, inspired by his father, a sound engineer for the BBC. After a decade making records under several monikers, time spent exploring the music of sound in a dance context, Goodbye Swingtime -- his debut at the helm of the Matthew Herbert Big Band -- comes as a surprisingly trad date. Still, while the record begins with songs that flaunt his compositional skills he and arranger Pete Wraight reveal an affinity for progressive chartmakers Stan Kenton and Gil Evans, Herbert's production abstractions do take on an increased role during the course of the record; eventually, he throws out the rule book entirely. Thus, songs toward the end will obviously be of the most interest to Herbert's fan base. Approaching and occasionally exceeding the skill of his productions for Around the House and Bodily Functions, they illustrate Herbert moving forward to embrace a sound that's just as fractured and freewheeling as before, but colder and more alien. If he was the postmodern Giorgio Moroder before, Goodbye Swingtime makes him sound like the 21st century Kurt Weill. Regular vocalist Dani Siciliano appears on several tracks, and is magical as usual. Sandwiched between her best features "Chromoshop" and "Misprints" is the instrumental highlight of the record, "The Battle," an ultramodern Kenton-style arrangement shot through with numerous delightful tangents; Wraight and the band appear to enjoy the challenge of approximating Herbert's cut-up production style. Several of Britain's finest swing musicians -- Gordon Campbell, Graham Russell, Nigel Hitchcock -- are in the band, and for those with an interest in and an understanding of Herbert's methodology, Goodbye Swingtime was written according to the rules of PCCOMM. Also, for each track Herbert details the various samples used and their significance, most involving political commentary; luckily enough, the album is entertaining enough on its own.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • Label: K7
  • UPC: 730003723124
  • Catalog Number: 37231

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Turning Pages (7:47)
  2. 2 Everything's Changed (4:46)
  3. 3 Fiction (4:16)
  4. 4 The Three W'S (5:56)
  5. 5 Chromoshop (5:51)
  6. 6 The Battle (5:00)
  7. 7 Misprints (6:14)
  8. 8 The Many and the Few (5:03)
  9. 9 Simple Mind (5:22)
  10. 10 Stationary (8:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Matthew Herbert Big Band Primary Artist
Herbert Indexed Contributor
Arto Lindsay Vocals
Stuart Brooks Trumpet
Dave Green Bass
Nigel Hitchcock Tenor Saxophone
Rob McKay Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
David O'Higgins Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Graham Russell Trumpet
Matthew Herbert Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Jamie Lidell Vocals
Gordon Campbell Trombone
Andy Wood Trombone
Phil Parnell Piano
Andrew Cook Trumpet
Peter Wraight Flugelhorn, Performing Ensemble
Robert McKay Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Gordon Campbell Trombone
Dani Siciliano Vocals, Sampling
Pete Cater Drums
David Green Bass
Howard McGill Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone
Chris Cole Trombone
Mara Carlyle Vocals
Martin Williams Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Shingai Shoniwa Vocals
Adam Linsley Trumpet
Simon Niblock Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
John Higginbotham Trombone, Tuba
Dave O'Higgins Tenor Saxophone
Adam Linsley Trumpet
Bob McKay Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Simon Niblock Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Arto Lindsay Composer
Plaid Producer
Noam Chomsky Composer
Matthew Herbert Composer, Engineer
Jan St. Werner Producer
Jamie Lidell Composer
Mandy Parnell Mastering
Peter Wraight Arranger, Composer, Musical Director
Russell Swift Contributor
Hopper Artwork
Chris Bolster Engineer
Paul Crichton Engineer
Greg Palast Contributor
Ali Mahdavi Portrait Photography
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