In 1958 Billy May arranged and composed music for the album - Big Fat Brass. Recorded at Capitol Studios Los Angeles, it featured Hollywood’s top studio musicians normally heard on Hollywood movies and albums with Frank Sinatra, Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald. Inspired by this iconic album since childhood, Mike Lovatt decided to form a new group 'Mike Lovatt’s Brass Pack.'
The idea behind this is to not only try to recreate this sound but to also bring new arrangements and compositions for this size and style of brass ensemble (pack). Basically a big band with French Horns taking the place of Saxophones the group also features Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Tuned Percussion, Harp, and 2 Tubas.
The multi talented Composer Arranger and instrumentalist Colin Skinner has arranged this 'Suite from Carmen' to showcase Mike Lovatt’s Brass Pack. Originally performed by the Royal College of Music Brass Ensemble it is now heard for the first time in this special virtually recorded performance by London’s finest.
Mike Lovatt's Brass Pack
Percussion and Timpani
Mixed at The London College of Music University of West London by:
Video Design & Production
Scala Radio Play 'Carmen'
We are delighted that Scala Radio Presenter Sam Hughes played Brass Pack's Carmen for Brass as her 'long piece' selection. Scroll through to 26':46 - or enjoy the full show, it's great!