The Full Circle Quartet – The South Downs Suite – NL003
Released in early 2023, The South Downs Suite is a contemporary music album by The Full Circle Quartet. The Quartet is based in the South of England and play their own brand of self-penned and self-arranged contemporary music taking their influence from jazz, classical and soundtrack music.
The origins of ‘Full Circle’ lie with the visionary bandleader and bassist Terry Pack who conceived the idea for a quartet based on strong, clear melodic composition and the synergy and interplay between the musicians.
The Full Circle Quartet is: Saxophonist, Josephine Davies, who was voted Jazz Instrumentalist of the year in the 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards; Pianist, Joss Peach, a BAFTA Award winning television composer; Double Bassist, Terry Pack, session musician and composer with 50 years of professional playing experience, and Drummer, Angus Bishop, session musician and composer.
Recorded and mastered here at The Playroom, Arundel in November 2022, this was the first album recorded using our newly acquired Yamaha C7 piano and it sounds beautiful. The album has received a 4-star review from Jazzwise Magazine.
More information and album details can be found here: www.fullcirclequartet.com
Mister Humbug!! Musical Soundtrack – Double-CD (Download also available)
Released at the end of 2022, Mister Humbug!! is a 32-track double-CD (or Download) musical theatre show soundtrack written, orchestrated, mixed and mastered here at The Playroom, Arundel. The complete process from writing of the music to completion of orchestration and then recording took approximately 5 years.
Written and Orchestrated (by Arnold, Edwards & Saunders) in a traditional musical style with subtle modern twists, Mister Humbug!! is a very accessible score and brilliant script.
Here’s Scrooge up to his usual antics in ‘Madness‘.
(Scrooge sung by Mark Inscoe – Nephew Fred voiced by Craig Dacey).
Further information here, listen, purchase, stream: Bandcamp .(https://misterhumbugmusical.bandcamp.com/album/mister-humbug-musical-studio-cast-recording)
Stuart Carroll’s Black and White Stripes
We had great fun recording a number of tracks for Stuart Carroll recently.
Stuart Carroll is a singer-songwriter guitarist and on this record is responsible for lead vocals, electric and acoustic rhythm guitars.
Massive thanks go to these guys who also appear on this recording:-
Lewis Harding – Lead guitar
Danny Edwards – Keyboards & Backing vocals
Mike Saunders – Bass guitar
Dave Cottrell – Drums
Richard Horne – Percussion
Tim Ede – Additional backing vocals
Gerry Clark – Additional Vocals & Additional Rhythm Guitar
Recorded, mixed and mastered at The Playroom, Arundel.
Charlotte Glasson – Bonito
“This album is inspired by art and the people who are very close to me.” – CG.
A collection of tunes in a ‘World-Jazz’ style recorded live at the Playroom. Mixed and mastered at the Playroom by Mike Saunders. A very talented group of Brighton-based musicians spent a couple of days at the studio to record the 8 tracks on the album.
Charlotte Glasson- Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax, Flute, Violin, Melodica, Saw and percussion
Mark Bassey – Trombone
Chris Spedding – Electric guitar
Chris Kibble – Piano
Sam Dorrell – Sousaphone
Lloyd Coote – Double Bass
Sam Glasson – Drums and percussion
More information and purchasing/download details:- https://charlotteglasson.bandcamp.com
Terry Pack – Peter Peregrine NL002
Rather than being a collection of individual tunes, this album takes the form of an instrumental story. The music tells of Peter Peregrine, an Anglo-Saxon peasant, whose life is changed forever when he is enlisted as his Norman master’s squire. He is marched across Medieval Europe to take part in the Third Crusade of King Richard ‘the Lionheart’ to wrest Jerusalem from the forces of Saladin, the Sultan of Egypt.
More information here:- https://playroomarundel.co.uk/blog/
Lewis Harding – Palm Thievery – LHM001
Featuring the writing and magical guitar playing of Lewis Harding, this is his first Jazz album. Recorded here at the Playroom, Arundel in 2019 and in-between lockdowns in 2020 with some of the best jazz players in the South:- Julian Nicholas; Charlotte Glasson; Kate Hogg; Martijn Van Galen; Terry Pack; Dave Cottrell; Tom Phelan & Richard Horne. A marvellous, chilled jazz recording. Available from mid-November 2021 on CD and/or download from Bandcamp. Here’s a little montage of the tunes:-
Guy Fawkes the Musical – CD / download
This was a big one! 6 years of work, 27 songs, 12 piece band, West End performers including Adam Pearce (Les Miserables Film, Sunset Boulevard, Prince of Egypt); Francesca Leyland (Les Miserables); Waylon Jacobs (Hamilton) and Sandy Grigelis (Sister Act, Now 80’s) all on a beautifully designed Double-CD with 12 page booklet. Thanks to everyone who has been involved – it’s been a great project. Released 5th November 2020.
Orchestrated, recorded and mixed by Mike Saunders at The Playroom, Arundel and mastered at Abbey Road, by award winning engineer, Andy Walter. Music written by Ben Durkin and the script by Terry Newman. Lyrics by Terry Newman and David T Rolleston.
Further details of the orchestration and recording process here.
More details here: www.guyfawkesmusical.co.uk
Wyldman – Download
Terry Pack’s Trees – Into The Woods
Trees Big Band it is a contemporary jazz orchestra led by bassist, composer, arranger and orchestrator Terry Pack containing some of the finest jazz musicians from South East England and beyond. Back in 2017 they launched their first album Heart Of Oak as a CD/DVD combination to critical acclaim in the national press. Numbering over forty players the band is also known locally as the ‘The Unfeasibly Big Band’. The source of almost all of their material comes from within the band itself, always giving them a fresh and immediate feel. Sometimes after a highly successful first release it is difficult to match it the second time around. For this band there has been no such problem, if anything the content here is even more vibrant and has an enhanced modernistic feel about it. Recorded, mixed and mastered here at The Playroom, Arundel. More information: www.treesensemble.org
Dee Palmer – Through Darkened Glass
Dee Palmer (Jethro Tull) released this album of her own songs. Many elements were recorded here at the Playroom, final mixing was done here too by the producer. Dee says: ‘After fifty years in the music business and having worked largely with other people’s music – albeit interspersed with commissions for film and television scores and the occasional, more serious, Cantata, String Quartet, etc – it seemed appropriate to write, record and offer up (particularly to those who have supported my work) an album of original songs, most of which were inspired by events and observations in my life hitherto.’
Lots of great information here:- https://missdeepalmer.com
The Tom Fitzpatrick Band – The Very Best Of Sinatra. A great collection of classics. Recorded, mixed and mastered here at The Playroom, Arundel.
More Tom Fitzpatrick Band information here:- http://tomfitzpatrickuk.com