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    Picked up a copy of this on Saturday: Gabrieli Brass, 'The Canterbury Pilgrims' (Polydor, 1967) - narration by Martin Starkie, music composed & arranged by John Hawkins & Richard Hill. It's a bizarre mix of UK easy jazz mixed with snippets of fruitily spoken Chaucer &, really, excellent stuff...very quirky, and one of those 'could only have come out in 1967/8' type deals where the notion of backing a few lines of spoken word with groovy soundtrack jazz seemed quite a sensible way of going about things. Recommended if you're into that English oddity vibe. I gather Gabrieli Brass are mostly a classical outfit, but anyone know of any other atypical excursions like this by them?
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    They did an LP in Polydor's Circle Of Sound series called 'Band Of Gold', which has a few good 'uns on it, including a huge sounding version of 'Tears Of A Clown'.

    John Hawkins and Richard Hill both contributed a fair bit to the Regency Line and Bruton libraries, and Hawkins was also MD on the LP by Stuart Damon off 'The Champions', which has a great version of 'Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp' on it.

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      Originally posted by [b
      Quote[/b] (wayne @ April 19 2004,00:19)]Picked up a copy of this on Saturday: Gabrieli Brass, 'The Canterbury Pilgrims' (Polydor, 1967) - narration by Martin Starkie, music composed & arranged by John Hawkins & Richard Hill. It's a bizarre mix of UK easy jazz mixed with snippets of fruitily spoken Chaucer &, really, excellent stuff...very quirky, and one of those 'could only have come out in 1967/8' type deals where the notion of backing a few lines of spoken word with groovy soundtrack jazz seemed quite a sensible way of going about things. Recommended if you're into that English oddity vibe. I gather Gabrieli Brass are mostly a classical outfit, but anyone know of any other atypical excursions like this by them?
      I got this one a yeasr or so ago, and really didn't think very much of it.

      I reckon the best thing Johnny Hawkins did was the 1979 'Web of Intrigue/Investigator' Bruton LP.
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        Richard Hill arranged and produced an album the following year under the guise 'The gentle power of song' called 'Circus'.
        It's mostly made up of covers whilst Hill pens about 4 tunes himself.
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        You thought the leaden winter would bring you down forever,
        but you rode upon a steamer to the violence of the sun.

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