While Sonny Rollins's saxophone solos epitomized his best free-flowing improvisational ideas, he let the story of Michael Caine's philandering character determine the mood of this 1966 soundtrack. But knowing the movie's plot is not essential to hearing how this disc is a unique part of Rollins's oeuvre. A long-standing individualist, Rollins worked with director Lewis Gilbert to devise a narrative, and then conductor Oliver Nelson wrote arrangements based on his charts. Rollins is famous for his small groups, but here he leads an 11-piece band and gives considerable space to guitarist Kenny Burrell. The collaboration embellishes Rollins's playing, which was as strong in the mid-'60s as in his more celebrated years. And "Alfie's Theme" has become an unlikely jazz standard.
Singer Alfie Boe explores the extraordinary life and work of Freddie Mercury. He discusses Freddie's legacy as a performer and a musician with those who knew him best, including Queen guitarist Brian May, opera diva Montserrat Caballe, designer Zandra Rhodes, Sir Bob Geldof and other close friends and family.
A unique concert staged at the Royal Festival Hall celebrating the music of the legendary songwriter and performer Burt Bacharach. Some of Burt's most famous songs are performed by a stellar line-up of artists including Alfie Boe, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Shaun Escoffery, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Hayward, Michael Kiwanuka, Laura Mvula and Joss Stone. Burt himself also performs accompanied by his band. During the concert Burt chats to Michael Grade about the art of songwriting and shares the stories behind some of his best-loved hits.
Chris Evans hosts a spectacular concert staged at the iconic Horse Guards Parade in London, forming the centrepiece of the national celebrations for the 70th anniversary of VE Day. From the declaration of war through to the celebrations on VE Day, the show captures and reflects the spirit and mood of the nation at that time. Songs from the period are performed by artists including Alexander Armstrong, Alfie Boe, Blue, Chas & Dave, Collabro, Elaine Paige, Gregory Porter, Katherine Jenkins, Laura Wright, Pixie Lott, Rebecca Ferguson and Status Quo, many of whom will be accompanied by the live big band. Diversity and the Strictly Come Dancing Professionals also take to the stage to perform two show-stopping dance tributes to the era. This special event includes live readings by well-known actors and actresses including Adrian Lester, Bernard Cribbins, Colin Salmon, Honeysuckle Weeks, Ian Lavender, Jane Horrocks, Julia Sawalha, Laurence Fox, Martin Shaw, Richard E Grant and Robert Lindsay as well as short films featuring archive from the time, contributions from individuals who experienced life during the war and other specially shot material. The concert, which is taking place in association with the Royal British Legion, is attended by thousands of members of the public as well as a contingent of World War Two veterans and two Spitfires.
Singer Alfie Boe explores the extraordinary life and work of Freddie Mercury. He discusses Freddie's legacy as a performer and a musician with those who knew him best, including Queen guitarist Brian May, opera diva Montserrat Caballe, designer Zandra Rhodes, Sir Bob Geldof and other close friends and family. Freddie is one of Alfie's heroes and is a constant inspiration. He sets out to find out more about the man behind the music, explore the formative experiences which made him unique, and discover how he became one of the most recognisable front men ever. Alfie admits that his own journey from opera to exploring new musical forms has mirrored that of Freddie, who went from rock to opera as he used his genius to propel Queen from conventional rockers into one of the greatest bands in the world.
Alfie Silas is a top notch session singer, along with being a competent artist in her own right. She began singing background vocals for Gino Vanelli, Toto, and Martha Reeves. She appears on Brandy's Never Say Never, Jaco Pastorius' Word of Mouth, Michael Jackson's Bad, Aaron Neville The Grand Tour, Coolio's My Soul, Dave Koz's The Dance, Quincy Jones' Back on the Block, Phil Perry's One Heart, One Love, Lionel Richie's four-million-seller Dancing on the Ceiling, Curtis Stigers' Curtis Stigers, Keiko Matsui's Cherry Blossom, Ron Kenoly's High Places: The Best of Hosanna Music, Randy Crawford's Secret Combination, David Cassidy's Didn't You Used to Be, George Benson's Love Remembers, Ray Charles' My World.
Alfie Silas' highest charting single was "There I Go," a 1982 Top 30 R&B hit.