In terms of quantity 2011 wasn’t a year to remember, but in terms of quality it was pretty good.
Most of the significant releases came late in the year, and we have only nominated those which we have been able to include in the shopping area of the site.
These five releases really did give the opportunity for the performers to showcase their talents in full:
The Lure of the Red Jacket
Glyn Williams (Euphonium)
Conductor: Michael Fowles
Doyen DOY CD287
Total Playing Time: 73.42
Glyn Williams celebrates close on two decades of being principal euphonium of Foden’s with a superb showcase of his abilities – including his singing too.
Dreaming of the Masters
Conductor: James Gourlay
Total Playing Time: 64:05
By heck this lad can play. Jens Lindemann stuns the senses like a slaughterman with a cattle prod.
A maverick, generous soloist who displays the rare knack of being able to step both in and out of the performance spotlight on this release.
When I Walk Alone
Featuring: Fausto Quintaba (piano) & Hans Gansch
Total Playing Time: Approx 70 mins
It is hard to think of any superlatives that can do justice to this man's playing.
His ability to play in any style with a flexibility of musicianship that borders on the staggering is something else.
Jim Hayes aka Jonny Midnight
Co-operative Funeralcare Band
Conductor: Mike Fowles
WOS Recording: WOS 029
Total Playing Time: 62.30
A CD release to put a smile on the face – and not just because it showcased an intelligent performer delivering the musical goods.
Everything about this release showed a great deal of thought and preparation - and a sly sense of clever wit.
Featuring: Tomoko Sawano (piano)
Bocchino Recordings: BOCC117
Total Playing Time: 70 mins approx
The Marco Polo of brass soloists once more discovers new exotic lands on his international musical travels.
From Romanian gypsies and Argentinean tangos, to biblical mountains and dancing goblins - and much, much more.
He continues to unearth more hidden treasures than Howard Carter and Lord Caernarvon combined.