Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Scottish actor David Tennant is well known from his starring roles in the popular British television show Doctor Who and as Barty Crouch, Jr. in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. On this special release from Le Chant du Monde, Tennant stars as the narrator in a fantastic jazz transcription of Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and The Wolf. Taking the place of a classical orchestra, The Amazing Keystone Big Band provide the musical elements that are essential to the telling of this classic story. The booklet also portrays the story in a series of magnificent illustrations by the French artist Martin Jarrie. Commissioned in 2012 by the Festival Jazz à Vienne, this "non-classical" Peter and the Wolf aimed to introduce children to jazz. Prokofiev wrote the original work in 1936 to give young listeners an introduction to the instruments of the classical orchestra. Three-quarters of a century later, (with no small thanks to The Doctor) this new version will delight and inspire listeners of all ages.
Personnel: Thibaut François (guitar); Jean-Phillipe Scali, Pierre Dessasis, Kenny Jeanney, Jon Boutellier, Ghyslain Regard, Eric Prost (flute, saxophone); David Enhco, Thierry Senau, Vincent Labarre, Félicien Bouchot (trumpet); Renaud de Jouvenel (French horn); Sylvain Thomas, Bastien Ballaz, Aloïs Benoit (trombone); Frederic Nardin (piano); Patrick Maradan (double bass); Romain Sarron (drums).
Audio Mixers: Alban Moraud; Thomas Vintrigner.
Recording information: Soho Voices, London (01/29/2015); Studio of Théâtre Durance, Château-Amoux (01/29/2015); Soho Voices, London (02/11/2013-02/14/2013); Studio of Théâtre Durance, Château-Amoux (02/11/2013-02/14/2013).
Editor: Alban Moraud.
Illustrator: Martin Jarrie.
Arrangers: Frederic Nardin; Jon Boutellier; Bastien Ballaz.