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30 May 2024
Hooray for Hollywood

Pinewood Saxophone Quartet

The period 1930-1970 was a golden era in Hollywood – not just for the studios, producers, screenwriters, directors, and stars – but for musicians too. The film industry having made the transition from silents to talkies at the end of the 1920s, Los Angeles became a magnet for many of the fi nest composers and players in the world, plying their trade in the new recording studios creating music for cinema. American composers from the New York musical theatre such as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and Harold Arlen came to Hollywood, bringing the Great American Songbook with them. European musicians including Erich Korngold, Franz Waxman, and Michel Legrand also arrived, bringing classical sensibilities, orchestral tradition, and an appreciation of American music too. Further north in Oakland, the French composer Darius Milhaud taught at Mills College, his list of students including not only those who went on to become leading 20th-century composers like Philip Glass and Steve Reich, but also jazz pianist Dave Brubeck and songwriter Burt Bacharach. During the 1950s, the West Coast became the home of the “cool” jazz style of Brubeck and Paul Desmond, Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, Zoot Sims, and Stan Getz. The Californian confluence of classical music, popular song, and jazz found a unique cultural expression in countless wonderful Hollywood film scores and songs, which this album explores and celebrates. Additionally, the Pinewood Saxophone Quartet project takes inspiration from the Hollywood Saxophone Quartet, a wonderful group which brought together four of the very best woodwind players in the Los Angeles studios between 1951-70. Their work together resulted in four fabulous LP recordings which included popular songs in quality arrangements, French classical quartet repertoire, and new commissions from Hollywood composers. This recording pays tribute to the HSQ’S remarkable legacy of classy playing and their contribution to the repertoire for saxophone quartet: Hooray for Hollywood, in more ways than one.


Johnny Mercer; Richard A. Whiting: Hooray for Hollywood

Jack Marshall: The Goldrush Suite

I. Sweet Betsy from Pike

II. The Days of '49

III. California Stage Coach

IV. Used Up Man

V. What Was Your Name in the States

VI. Lousy Miner

VII. ‘Joe Bowers’ and ‘California Bank Robbers’

Claude Debussy: La fille aux cheveux de lin

Michel Legrand: Je ne pourrai jamais sans toi

Michel Legrand: Suite from 'The Thomas Crown Affair'

I. Prologue

II. Room Service

III. A Man's Castle

IV. Escapeline

V. Brandy

VI. Epilogue

Neal Hefti: Girl Talk

Neal Hefti: Theme from 'The Odd Couple'

Burt Bacharach: Alfie

Burt Bacharach: A House is Not a Home

Burt Bacharach: What the World Needs Now is Love

Burt Bacharach: The Look of Love

Burt Bacharach: Raindrops Keep Fallin' on my Head

Burt Bacharach: Wives and Lovers

Harold Arlen; Yip Harburg: Over the Rainbow

Howard Dietz; Arthur Schwartz: That's Entertainment

Recorded in Copsewood Studios, UK in  August 2021, December 2022 & January 2023
Recording Engineering: Mark Allaway
Recording Production: Mark Allaway
Total Duration: 75:52
Release Date: May 2024

Kyle Horch (soprano and alto saxophones)
Mark Allaway (alto saxophone)
Andy Tweed (tenor saxophone)
Tom Law (baritone saxophone)

Pinewood Saxophone QuartetThe Pinewood Saxophone Quartet unites four London-based saxophonists whose talents span a wide range of orchestral playing, chamber music, jazz, West End musicals, and fi lm music. Kyle Horch has made several recordings as a classical recitalist, and has worked with many orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, and Royal Opera House, as well as with the chamber ensemble ‘Counterpoise’, the ‘Art Deco Trio’ and the ‘Flotilla Quartet’. Jazz saxophonist Mark Allaway began his career playing with the ‘Itchy Fingers’ quartet and has recorded several CDs as a lead artist. He also composes music for theatre, fi lm, and TV productions, including for the award-winning West End production Singular Women, and for the fi lm Chasing Chekov which won the LA BAFTA award for ‘Best Short Film’. Andy Tweed toured widely for many years with ‘Saxtet’, has played in the pit orchestras for West End musicals such as Les Miserables and Matilda, and he has also worked frequently with jazz musicians Mike Westbrook and Karen Street. Tom Law is equally at home in classical and jazz styles, performing with groups as diverse as the Aurora Orchestra and the Alex Mendham Orchestra. The Pinewood players share a love of fi lm music and are inspired by the affi nity between the Hollywood and London fi lm industries. In addition to drawing upon the Hollywood Saxophone Quartet’s repertoire legacy, the Pinewood Quartet creates its own arrangements and also incorporates jazz improvisation into its performances. The quartet take their name from the famous Pinewood fi lm studios near London, where the ‘James Bond’ movies are made.

NR202301     View Booklet     UPC: 0769807248557

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