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HOT BRASS
The London Sound

The London Sound began with The London Cello Sound, which brought together the cello sections of four of the great London orchestras, 40 cellos in all.   There are now 14 London Sound releases, in what has become Cala Records' most unique and successful signature series.

The Brass element of The London Sound started when Cala challenged the trombone sections of seven of the leading London orchestras to record virtuoso arrangements of well-loved music, classical and popular.   There was instant camaraderie amongst the musicians, who inspired each other with their talent and creativity.   The London Trombone Sound was the resultórich, supple and beguiling.   The London Horn Sound followed, and became the best-selling horn CD ever.   The London Trumpet Sound also hit the spot, and The London Horn Sound returned, for the Give It One album and The Sound of Music Jazz Suite.

Cool Brass and Hot Brass are themed collections, each over 70 minutes in duration, from the popular music in the The London Sound Brass releases. The leaders of the London trumpet, French horn and trombone fraternities revel in their shared panache and virtuosity — mellow and chilled in Cool Brass — high energy in Hot Brass.

London's richness as a musical capital ensures that exceptional players such as these are supported by world-class arrangers and composers.   The two discs present 23 imaginative arrangements of popular standards and 6 especially commissioned original numbers.   The music ignited our performers, as we trust it will do for audiences in Great Briatin and around the world. Geoffrey Simon Artistic Director and Conductor


  1. Sing, Sing, Sing
      Louis Prima, arr. Paul Sarcich
      from THE LONDON TRUMPET SOUND
      Soloists: Mike Lovatt, Mike Smith

  2. Tico Tico
      Zequinha Abreu, arr. Roger Harvey
      from THE LONDON HORN SOUND
      Soloists: Frank Lloyd, Richard Bissill

  3. Give It One
      Maynard Ferguson / Alan Downey, arr. Richard Bissill
      from GIVE IT ONE (THE LONDON HORN SOUND)
      Soloists: Pip Eastop, Martin France

  4. Mambo Caliente
      Arturo Sandoval, arr. Tony Rickard
      from THE LONDON TRUMPET SOUND
      Soloists: Henry Lowther, Patrick White

  5. Layla
      Eric Clapton / Jim Gordon, arr. Eric Crees
      from THE LONDON TROMBONE SOUND
      Soloist: Richard Edwards

  6. Los Jaraneros Richard Bissill
      from GIVE IT ONE
      Soloists: Pip Eastop, Richard Bissill, Gwilym Simcock

  7. Bohemian Rhapsody
      Freddy Mercury, arr. Richard Bissill
      from THE LONDON HORN SOUND
      Soloist: Nigel Black

  8. The Sound of Music
      Richard Rodgers, arr. Timothy Jackson
      from THE SOUND OF MUSIC JAZZ SUITE (THE LONDON HORN SOUND)
      Soloists: Jeffrey Bryant, Pip Eastop, Timothy Jackson

  9. The Trolley Song
      Hugh Martin / Ralph Blaine, arr. Richard Bissill
      from GIVE IT ONE
      Soloist: Richard Bissill

10. Blues for Hughie
      Gwilym Simcock
      from GIVE IT ONE
      Soloists: Pip Eastop, Gwilym Simcock

11. Three Point Turn
      Timothy Jackson
      from GIVE IT ONE
      Soloists: Frank Lloyd, Timothy Jackson

12. Hoedown (from Rodeo)
      Aaron Copland, arr. Tony Rickard
      from THE LONDON TRUMPET SOUND
      Soloists: Paul Archibald, Robert Farley, Rod Franks, Tim Hawes

13. Caseoso
      Jim Rattigan
      from GIVE IT ONE
      Soloists: Jim Rattigan, Gwilym Simcock

14. Caravan
      Duke Ellington, arr. Richard Bissill
      from THE LONDON HORN SOUND
      Soloists: Richard Bissill, Jim Rattigan

15. 76 Trombones
      Meredith Willson, arr. Eric Crees
      from THE LONDON TROMBONE SOUND
      and guest trombonists, making 76

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