Jeremy Levy Jazz Orchestra

The Planets: Reimagined

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Los Angeles-based composer/arranger/orchestrator Jeremy Levy has co-led the Budman/Levy Orchestra since 2007, played lead trombone with the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and has been involved in the upper reaches of the film, TV and video game music industry for well over a decade. Looking to create an ambitious project for his own jazz orchestra, Levy was inspired to adapt Gustav Holst's symphonic masterpiece while attending a performance at the Hollywood Bowl in 2017. With its harmony straddling romantic and jazz languages while its massive scale lent inspiration for the largest of film orchestrations over the decades, the suite provided Levy with sweeping and dynamic materials to develop. In the hands of his elite colleagues from the LA studio and jazz scenes, Levy's innovative arrangements are broad, bold and swinging.

"...contemporary big band music at its best." - ALL ABOUT JAZZ


Track Listing:

1. Mars: The Bringer of War 7:20
2. Venus: The Bringer of Peace 5:50
3. Mercury: The Winged Messenger 3:39
4. Jupiter: The Bringer of Jollity 7:38
5. Saturn: The Bringer of Old Age 9:23
6. Uranus: The Magician 5:38
7. Neptune: The Mystic 7:36

The Planets, Op 32, by Gustav Holst
Arranged by Jeremy Levy

Performers:

JEREMY LEVY JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Jeremy Levy - Arranger/Conductor

Alex Budman - Alto & Soprano Sax (Solo on Mercury)
Kevin Garren - Alto Sax
Jeff Driskill - Tenor Sax
Glen Berger - Tenor Sax
Tom Luer - Tenor Sax (Solo on Uranus)
Ken Fisher - Bari Sax and Bass Clarinet

Rob Schaer - Trumpet
Javier Gonzalez - Trumpet
Michael Stever - Trumpet (Solo on Saturn)
Mike Rocha - Trumpet

Alex Iles - Trombone
Francisco Torres - Trombone
Andy Martin - Trombone (Solo on Mars)
Juliane Gralle - Trombone
Steve Hughes - Bass Trombone

Andrew Synowiec - Guitar
Andy Langham - Piano
David Hughes - Bass
Jamey Tate - Drums
Brian Kilgore - Percussion

Production Info:

Produced by Jeremy Levy
Co-produced by Alex Budman
Recorded by Adam Michalak at Hollywood Scoring
& Jamey Tate at The Workshop, Los Angeles, CA
Additional recording at House of Syn & 206 Studios
Recorded July, 2019 & November, 2019
Mixed & Mastered by Steve Baughman
at Next Level Mastering, Sherman Oaks, CA
Arrangements published by Smoothly Textured Music
Cover photos by Elina Sazonova, NASA
Cover design & layout by John Bishop


Reviews of The Planets: Reimagined

Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
What's going on here? I was just saying that somebody sounded like they were recycling Tomita and here comes a protean entertainment composer/arranger going right to the source and redoing "Planets" itself. Bristling with the kind of energy Deodato brought to his classical reworkings, Levy makes his mark with this big band jazzed up version of "P ...

All About Jazz (Jack Bowers)
5-STARS The Planets, a picturesque seven-movement suite written more than a hundred years ago (1914-16) by the English composer Gustav Holst, has been marvelously Reimagined in a present-day framework by film scenarist Jeremy Levy and his superlative Los Angeles-based Jazz Orchestra in a medley that safeguards the tantalizing flavor of the origina ...

Downbeat (Bobby Reed)
EDITOR'S PICK For more than 100 years, music fans have been swooning over The Planets. The first public concert of Gustav Holst's seven-movement masterpiece occurred in 1920, when the London Symphony Orchestra performed it under the direction of conductor Albert Coates. It would become one of the most recognizable works of Western classical musi ...









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