The tunes-all originals-are beautifully arranged but there’s space for some great soloing from Rattigan’s high-end ensemble.
With its playing time of just under 45 minutes, you may be surprised to find yourself wishing Jazz French Horn goes on a little longer.
…..it is nothing short of a revelation to see the french horn so seamlessly adapted to the jazz repertoire in Rattigan’s hands.
Jim Rattigan is teaching us something new and brilliant here. Listen and celebrate.
Rattigan’s album reveals him as a brilliant and versatile jazz soloist on French Horn and an interesting and questing composer / arranger.
…..the catchy Sweet Tamarind and pastoral Barton Glebe are especially delicious.
Dave Gelly www.theguardian.com
“The Freedom of Movement” represents another impressive offering from Pavillon. Rattigan’s compositions and arrangements are rich, colourful and inventive and the playing, by a hand picked ensemble, is exceptional throughout. It’s a recording that wears its undoubted sophistication lightly, and which injects a little welcome humour at appropriate moments. Credit is also due to the production and engineering team of Rattigan, Peter Beckman and Alex Bonney for the warmth and quality of the mix.
Once again Rattigan makes the French horn a thoroughly convincing jazz solo instrument and “The Freedom of Movement” is 100% a jazz record, and an excellent one at that. In no way is this some kind of tepid jazz/classical crossover. The presence of such an all star jazz line up immediately dispels that idea.