Soldier is the 6th movement of Seven Ages of Man, a large scale 70-minute work scored for Jazz Sextet and String Orchestra which explores the intersection between the worlds of classical music and jazz and takes the listener on a continuous musico-dramatic journey through the stages of human life. It was written for the acclaimed jazz musicians Tim Garland (soprano/tenor sax and bass clarinet) who performs as the principal soloist with Jason Rebello on piano and Jonny Mansfield on vibraphone.
A detailed article about the album (which will be released on 6th October 2023) appears in the latest project section on the home page.
The music of Soldier (a depiction of the contemporary adrenaline-inducing challenges of adulthood in one’s 20s and 30s) is fast paced, tense and more hard-edged than any of the music that has preceded it. Programmed elements infuse the acoustic textures in the extended tension-building introduction before the tenor sax drives the music into the groove of the main section with soloing contributions from both piano and vibraphone.