The Duncan Fraser Septet is my current project. 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.
In December 2020, the band went into the studio and recorded an album which is off being mixed at the moment. The new album is going to be released later this year.
The album will have new compositions and arrangements that I have formulated and the playing of Ronan Perrett (Alto Sax), Wesley Frankel (Tenor/Soprano Saxes/Clarinet), Sam Sankey (Trombone), Rob Brockway (Piano), Huw Williams (Bass) & Luke Bainbridge (Drums)
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