Brilliant performances by THE DALLAS WINDS have been captured in superb audiophile sound by Reference Recordings award-winning engineering team: Keith O. Johnson and Sean Martin. ASPHALT COCKTAIL was crowd-funded by fans of Mackey and of the Dallas Winds. Their support made this unique, all-John Mackey release possible. The recording was made in Dallas Texas, in the Morton H. Meyerson Concert Center, one of the worlds greatest concert halls.
Mackey is one of todays most popular and sought-after composers of contemporary classical music, with an emphasis on wind band and orchestral music. His music runs the gamut of human emotion, from the sublime to the ridiculous. One minute he offers the sound of ripping metal, then suddenly gives you a melody thats achingly beautiful. John always writes with a purpose, be it jostling you through the wildest Manhattan cab ride ever, or painting that ethereal hour just before sunset.
Special guest artist on ASPHALT COCKTAIL is Principal Trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, Christopher Martin, performing Mackeys recently written Antique Violences: Concerto for Trumpet. Also included is the World Premiere of This Cruel Moon based on the second movement of Mackeys Wine-Dark Sea: Symphony for Band.
Asphalt Cocktail is a knock-you-off-your-seats opener which is now somewhat of a band standard, while the final Ringmaster's March demonstrates the composer's utter familiarity with this most important of genres, Fillmore and Goldman in the forefront. These are but a few highlights of this rollicking disc, played with abandoned splendor in the Dallas Meyerson Symphony Center. If you have been avoiding band music all these years, you simply don't have any idea what you are missing. Turn off that Mozart and slide into some of this stuff for a while-you will not regret it! Typical, standard, everyday Reference sound - meaning absolutely great.Features:
• Mastered by Prof. Keith O. Johnson
Christopher Martin, trumpet
Jerry Junkin, conductor
1. Asphalt Cocktail
2. This Cruel Moon (world premiere)
3. Fanfare for Full Fathom Five
4. Sheltering Sky
5. High Wire
6. Hymn to A Blue Hour
Antique Violences: Concerto for Trumpet
7. The Blooded Lines
8. Secrets' Teeth
9. Sorrow Is A Blade
10. The Curtain Calls
11. The Frozen Cathedral
12. The Ringmaster's March
Total playing time, 75:02