Reviews

Jazz Suite for four flutes  (1992)
Spartan Press

“Players of grade 2-3 standard would have fun and get a sense of achievement from playing these and they should enjoy the sound of the chords. Altogether about 3 minutes and good value.”

D.C. for Pan Magazine, a publication of the British Flute Society

Tropical Tango and Sunshine Samba for four flutes  (2003) 
Deben Music

“These two short pieces demonstrate once again how Deben Music is contributing greatly to the publishing of accessible and comparatively simple, but interesting music for various flute ensembles. Both of Jay Mackie’s pieces could be managed quite well by players of Grade 5 standard, but they are imaginative and rhythmically vital, with enough interest in all four parts to make them desirable repertoire for more advanced players too.”

Brenda Dykes for Pan Magazine, a publication of the British Flute Society

 

A Second Jazz Suite for four flutes (2005)
Spartan Press

“…this is a lively and infectious set of pieces. The rag contains plenty of contrasting material, both in the melodic treatment and the use of textures…Articulation is very clearly defined, and there are some worthwhile and challenging scalic passages. There is a thoughtful balance of homophony and more independent lines. The waltz is very stylish, capturing the essence of a jazz waltz groove without diluting the melodic drive.”

Latin Moment is a very effective salsa, with good idiomatic writing. The rhythmic figures are apparently complex, but will be familiar aurally to the players. A good way into difficult reading. The students will want to play this one again and again…A very good set of pieces. ”

Catherine Manson, Music Teacher Magazine

“The printing is good and easy to read. Just like the illustration on the cover suggests, it is good fun.”

Liz Goodwin, Flutewise Magazine

Brazilian Jaunt  for four flutes and piano (2009) 
Cascade Music Publishing

“Composed in 2009 for the Hamphire-based group Flute Salad, this is a fast samba for players of grade 6 and over. Much of the writing is in rhytmic unison, and as such is a good introduction to Latin American music for young players who have not tackled the style before. Attention to detail is required to make the most of the samba style, and there are plenty of dynamics and articulation marked in the score to help. The piano part is a standard samba, and it would help to add a confident percussionist and bass player to the mix if they are available. This would be an ideal ensemble item for a GCSE music recording, and would go down well in school concerts and music festivals, too.”

Anne Hodgson for Pan Magazine, publication of the British Flute Society

Around The World With My Recorder  for descant recorder
and piano (2010)
Peacock Press (Recorder Music Mail)

“Oh yes! In its plain coloured  cover with simple script one might overlook little book -BUT IT WOULD BE TRAGIC TO DO THIS!

There is ‘Wallaby Hop’, difficult to read at first, but brilliant once one or two rhythmic patterns have been understood and the key change (three flats) in the middle section carefully observed.

The ‘Dominican Blues’ is sure to become a standard calypso for young players and is possibly the easiest of the pieces.

The ‘Japanese Lullaby’ is in 5/4 and is in Kumoi tuning, which is explained in the book. This is a ‘calm and easy-flowing’ composition.

Then there is the Romanian ‘Funky Folksong’ with its rocking middle section in 5/8 and 2/4.

The penultimate piece is a ‘sultry’ rumba, ‘Bahia Rumba’.

The last work is the ‘English Murder Mystery’-this has many accidentals to negotiate.

This book would make interesting learning material for those learning descant recorder, however, as I think I have shown it is not a book for beginners but should challenge our more ambitious players and yet be enjoyable.”

Jackey Birch for The Recorder Magazine

 

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