colours of sound reviews
“It’s wonderful to hear people playing my tunes and bringing the music to life,” Pilbrow says. “These musicians lovingly get into the music and play with heart and soul — and great technical capacity. These tunes have gestated for a long time, so finally recording them was kind of like birthing a child.” --DL Media
Lynn René Bayley - ARt Music Lounge
"A wonderful close to a fun album!"
Chris Spector - Midwest Record
"SIMON PILBROW with the Brent Fischer Orchestra/Colours of Sound: The big band orchestra is loaded with jazz greats supporting these two pals who never met until the Internet was in full flower. With nothing but high spots on their resumes, the two combine in a beautiful way that makes killer, swinging jazz that continues to make poppa Clare proud of young(ish) Brent. A jazz lovers special, this high water mark recording is loaded with killer moves that keep your ears on the move. Well done throughout."
Dee Dee Mcneil - Musical Memoirs
"I see the name of Brent Fischer, I know that I am going to hear something of quality and excellence. Pianist, Simon Pilbrow, is very active on the Melboune, Australia jazz scene and he is a composer, with some of his copyrights held in our Library of Congress as part of the Gerry Mulligan Collection. With the direction and skills of Brent Fischer, this recording features thirty-years of Pilbrow’s composing. Music has not always been his career, but rather his passion and these songs were composed while he maintained a medical practice. Simon Pilbrow was also a fan of Brent’s famous father, Clare Fischer. Perhaps it was preordained that Pilbrow’s labor of love would be embraced by Brent Fischer, and ultimately he would make Simon Pilbrow’s original music come to life in the recording studio.
This CD opens with a happy-go-lucky arrangement, full of verve and spunk provided by soloists Carl Saunders on trumpet, trombonist Scott Whitfield and young tenor player, Brian Clancy. The tune, “Australia,” is entirely entertaining and will have you tapping your toe to the ‘Swing’ rhythm and tight horn harmonics. Pilbrow adds his piano expression, with a taste of blues glittering during his solo. “A New Beginning” is a waltz that was inspired by Pilbrow’s wife when they were courting back in 1989. Over the years, he has composed several waltzes with Jean (his wife) in mind, however this was the first one. “Studio City,” a popular Los Angeles County community, was written recently (2015) to celebrate Pilbrow’s time spent and the hospitality he felt at the home of Brent Fischer and his wife while they worked on this project.
On this recording, you will find warmth and melodic substance, arrangements that are plush with harmonics and some of the best players and studio musicians in Southern California interpreting the compositions of Simon Pilbrow. Brent Fischer and composer, Pilbrow unite to find a diverse orchestral approach with Fischer’s arrangements, sometimes using small ensembles and other times using full-blast, big band vigor or beautiful string accompaniments. It’s a heavenly match, with both the presentations and the compositions sure to please."
STEVE CERRA - JAZZ PROFILES
“…….Simon Pilbrow ….. a composer…. of some distinction.….arranger Brent Fischer and a host of Los Angeles’ finest studio musicians and their sterling interpretations of the 12 original compositions that make up Colours of Sound.….….The energy and enthusiasm that comes through the music on this recording is almost palpable. Simon’s compositions are uniquely different which makes them interesting to perform and Brent heightens the drama - and the fun - with well-structured arrangements that enrich the themes and embellishes their texture or sonority……. As regards the totality of the music that’s on this recording, look at it this way: how often does someone come to town [from Australia] bringing with him a portfolio of brilliant new music that’s serves to peak the creative juices of Brent Fischer, one of the best young arrangers in Los Angeles, such that he orchestrates this collection of 12 original melodies - four of them for big band, two for clarinet choir, two for a nonet, two with strings and two for quintet, with particular soloists and section players in mind - and then assembles a collection of the top studio players in town including bringing along guest artists of the caliber of Ken Peplowski, Bobby Shew and Larry Koonse to record it?......”
- Steve Cerra, Blogger, Jazz Profiles, April 10, 2018
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JACK BOWERS, All About Jazz
“……. The result is Colours of Sound, on which a dozen of Pilbrow's sunlit compositions are brought emphatically to life thanks to Fischer's superlative arrangements. The already succulent menu is made even more tantalizing by Fischer's use of assorted groups from quintet to big band, with the addition of a string section on two numbers and clarinet choir on two more. Also adding to the over-all excellence and charm are the orchestra's renowned guest artists: clarinetist Ken Peplowski, trumpeter Bobby Shew and guitarist Larry Koonse……. The ensembles, as one would surmise, are letter-perfect, the soloists perceptive and resourceful, while Pilbrow's themes and Fischer's charts are never less than agreeable…. “
– Jack Bowers, Reviewer, All About Jazz, May 23, 2018
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GEORGE W. HARRIS, Jazz Weekly
“Composer and pianist Simon Pilbrow teams up with the Brent Fischer Orchestra and guests Ken Peplowski/cl, Bobby Shew/tp and Larry Koonse/g for a swinging and optimistic collection of originals. Fischer does the arranging while adding bass, vibes and marimba, with the charts a mix of vintage feel and forward looking directions.
A take of the “Rhythm” changes has the brass volleying along with Carl Sunders on “Australia” with “Remembering Woody Shaw” featuring Ron Stout sizzling with Bob Sheppard’s soprano on the stark statement. The rhythm team lead by Ray Brinker’s drums snaps on “Fast Fingers” which have Ken Peplowski’s clarinet dashing around the fun grooves, while a gorgeous samba “Autumn Breeze” features Larry Koonse’s deft guitar musings. The exciting section work mixed with sagacious solos make this a hit for big band fans.”
George W. Harris, Reviewer, Jazz Weekly, May 10, 2018
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