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"...a terrific release of exciting new wind band repertoire"

From ITG Journal

Vol 23, No 2
January 2008

Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble (with Jens Lindemann) - Trajectories
PSWECD 006 (CD);;http//

This is a terrific release of exciting new wind band repertoire, all composed by Canadian Fred Stride. Music Director Marc Crompton has put together a professional ensemble, based in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, that plays with a polished sound and technique reminiscent of such groups as the Dallas Wind Symphony and the President’s Own. The orchestration and tone colors for which Stride calls are remarkable, and his music is imbued with jazz elements, reminding this listener of such contemporary writers as Michael Daugherty, Michael Torke and Eric Whitacre. The final work on the disc is the only one that features trumpet: the thirteen-minute Trajectories, written for and performed here by Jens Lindemann. This acrobatic showpiece is a perfect vehicle for Lindemann to demonstrate the musical and technical skills for which he is known. The piece is in two main sections. The first part, lyrical and contemplative in nature, is based on an atonal six-note pitch class that undergoes much transformation. The second part features wide leaps, much use of very fast multiple tonguing, and a moto perpetuo feel - definitely not a piece for the soloist who is faint of heart! This is a very enjoyable recording of new and interesting wind ensemble music, and the listener receives the added bonus of getting to hear Jens Lindemann perform at his finest.

(Peter Wood, assistant professor of trumpet, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL) - ITG Journal


Trajectories: Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble Plays The Music of Fred Stride - Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble (PSWECD 006)

Canadian Landscape - The City Of Brampton Concert Band (BCB 0201)

Impressions - University of Victoria Wind Symphony (WS 002)

Romanza - Martin Hackleman and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra ( SMCD 5186)



Fred Stride has been an active composer, arranger, band leader, and once upon a time trumpet player for the the past 30 years. He has written countless arrangements for various entertainers and performers for both live performance and on recordings in almost every musical style, from pop music to chamber ensembles, big bands, concert bands, theatre orchestras and symphony orchestras. As well as his many jazz compositions, which are played by groups around the world, Fred has also written non-jazz works for the CBC Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, several Canadian Armed Forces Bands as well as many community, university, elementary and high school concert bands across Canada.

Fred also has recently received 2 awards - The 2007 International Jazz Arranger Award. Fred’s winning arrangement of Michael Brecker’s “Peep” has been recorded by Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge with guest soloists Randy Brecker and Mike Stern. This recording will be released sometime in 2008. Fred also recently won the 2008 SOCAN/IAJE Phil Nimmons Established Jazz Composer Award. This award included a commisson which will be premiered at the 2008 IAJE Conference in Toronto in early January 2008.