Orchestralli

Orchestralli

by Stewart Copeland
     
 
During the 40-minute documentary included on the packed-in DVD in his Orchestralli release, former Police drummer Stewart Copeland declares his love for Buddy Rich. He also mentions the music Rich plays is "not necessarily my kind of music." What he says he loves about Rich is the man's "effervescence" more than the compositions he plays. Later he talks about

Overview

During the 40-minute documentary included on the packed-in DVD in his Orchestralli release, former Police drummer Stewart Copeland declares his love for Buddy Rich. He also mentions the music Rich plays is "not necessarily my kind of music." What he says he loves about Rich is the man's "effervescence" more than the compositions he plays. Later he talks about how music is "instinct," "best when it comes from the heart rather than the brain," and "is how it feels." The man also wrote an opera for the Cleveland Opera Company, so take all these things into consideration before attacking Orchestralli. At no point does Stewart use the best word to describe his own music: knotty. But this knotty music is filled with effervescence, heart, and uplifting emotion. Zappa's jazz at its happiest or "what if Aaron Copland fronted the modern high school jazz band" are fair comparisons, but this "serious" music often breaks free of any comparisons and winds itself into a thrilling frenzy that only recalls that guy who used to drum for the Police. "Eve" pays homage to Weil and Mancini before kicking it up a notch, allowing Copeland to bring out that whip crack on the snare that propelled Sting and Andy Summers into high gear. The percussive, just-a-shade-too-big-to-call-a-chamber ensemble here responds the same way, coming alive and forgetting about how "serious" this music is. Good thing too, because Copeland's compositions probably aren't the most fascinating charts to read, and they're either pop or soundtracky. They do have some interesting twists -- sometimes too many -- but more than anything, they're jumping-off points for the parties involved. Generally things follow the "Eve" pattern. The shrunken orchestra heavily plays an interesting melody, Stewart and the four-piece percussion unit -- Ensemble Bash -- he brought with him show the orchestra how it's done, then everyone catches fire and you can't help but smile. Recorded live in Italy during a short stint of shows during 2002, the sound quality is crisp and does an excellent job of capturing this swirling tangle of notes. Longtime Copeland fans will be especially interested in the vibrant bits of the Rumble Fish soundtrack and the redo of the Equalizer television theme here; however, being familiar with the originals won't give anyone a leg up on appreciating how the man delivers on his belief in "feel" throughout Orchestralli.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/14/2005
Label:
Ponderosa Italy
UPC:
8030482000184
catalogNumber:
19

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Performance Credits

Stewart Copeland   Primary Artist,Drums
Amedeo Bianchi   Saxophone
Judd Miller   Horn,EWI
Christopher Brannick   Percussion,Group Member
Robert Ziegler   Conductor
Stephen Hiscock   Percussion,Group Member
Andrew Martin   Percussion,Group Member
Margherita Graczyk   Violin
Sabino Allegrini   French Horn
Valerio Beffa   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Raffaele Bertolini   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Eugenia Biancamaria Buzzetti   Viola
Alfredo Caprotti   Baritone Saxophone
Alessandro Carlà   Piano
Annamaria Bernadette Cristian   Cello
Giorgio Guindani   Flute,Soprano Saxophone
Mirela Lico   Violin
Giuseppe Maneti   Trombone
Orchestra Ueca   Performing Ensemble
Michele Santi   Trumpet
Massimo Scoca   Bass
Martin Andrew   Percussion,Group Member

Technical Credits

Stewart Copeland   Composer,Producer
Claudio Bertrami   Coloration
Jeff Seitz   Engineer
Lucha Villa con el Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan   Camera Operator
Derek Power   Executive Producer
Lorenzo "Moka" Tommasini   Engineer
Luciano Aducato   Camera Operator
Luis Bavestrello   Camera Operator
Roberto DeAngelis   Camera Operator
Giacomo DeLuca   Video Graphic Artist,Authoring
Walter Fasano   Camera Operator
Massimo Foletti   Camera Operator
Luca Malannino   Camera Operator,Video Graphic Artist,Authoring
Fiammetta Nazzari   Video Editor,Video Director
Roberto Petrarota   Camera Operator
Slmone Pulicelli   Camera Operator
Antonella Rocchi   Video Editor,Video Director
Paul Vickers   Drum Technician
Alessio Viola   Camera Operator

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