The Duncan Fraser Septet is a brand new project which I'm really excited about. Over the last 10 years of working as a professional Jazz musician my voice as a Composer, Arranger and Improviser has changed massively, and this project very much represents where I am now with my musical ideas and what I think sounds good.
I have drawn influence heavily from the music of one of my Jazz idols Wynton Marsalis and his septet of the early/mid 1990's, I use the same line-up of 4 horns (Trumpet, Trombone & 2 Saxes) plus Piano, Bass & Drums for my ensemble. Although there are also sounds influenced by greats such as Coltrane, Tom Harrell & Joe Henderson. I have also been inspired by current similar sized ensembles who are working on the New York Jazz scene. I took a trip over a few years back and really got inspired, which turned out to be the formations of this project. Subsequent trips combined with modern technology meaning the sounds being created are only a live stream away, means I have kept the inspiration going. So much so, that 9 of my new compositions for this project are entitled to evoke imagery of parts of the city.
The Project features new compositions and arrangements that I have formulated and the playing of Ronan Perrett (Alto Sax), Wesley Frankel (Tenor/Soprano Saxes), Sam Sankey (Trombone), Rob Brockway (Piano), Huw Williams (Bass) & Jay Davis (Drums)