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Neil Ardley was a British composer and author. He was the former leader of the New Jazz Orchestra and the composer of several well-known works for jazz orchestra, notably Kaleidoscope of Rainbows, dating from the 1970s. Later compositions were choral works, the most notable being a large choral work called Creation Mass. Neil Ardley has also written a hundred information books, mainly for children, on science and technology and also on music.
"If Le Déjeuner Sur L'herbe represents a crystallizing moment in (Neil Ardley's) career, it also defines a unique period in British jazz. The lion was no longer en passant. It was rampant and it could roar."
"This is a little slice of history, of that marvellous period in British Jazz when it danced with Rock music ...." Duncan Heining
"... this reissue rightly sets into relief how extraordinary deep one man’s vision was."
" ... one of the great gems of the revolutionary British Jazz, which developed in the Golden Decade (1965-1975) and changed to face of music as we know it."
"utterly charming album ... tranports the listener on a truly magical journey"
"... after an eight year gap since ‘Greek Variations’ first became available on CD, the release of ‘A symphony of Amaranths’ album complete with digipak gatefold sleeve is one of the most welcome re-issues of recent years"
The most romantic and harmonically dense piece of music that the late Neil Ardley ever composed, this seminal album was scored for a large jazz orchestra, this highly-collectable 1971-recorded album also contains two vocal settings by Ardley, being the earliest example of his vocal music.
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