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Symphony No. 1
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Symphony No. 1
CD (1999)
 
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GRAMMY WINNER
Written, arranged and produced by Joe Jackson
Recorded and mixed by Dan Gellert
Associate Producers: Dan Gellert and Sheldon Steiger

Wessell Anderson: Alto Saxophone
Terence Blanchard: Trumpet
Gary Burke: Drums
Robin Eubanks: Trombone
Mat Fieldes: Electric and Acoustic Bass
Sue Hadjopoulos: Percussion
Patti Monson: Flute
Mary Rowell: Electric and Acoustic Violings, Viola
Steve Vai: Electric Guitar

Piano and all keyboards, samples, and computer sequencing by Joe Jackson
Recorded and Mixed and Avatar Studios, New York City, March/April 1999
Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, New York City
For this recording, 24-bit technology was used to maximize sound quality
SK 64435 DAD Total Time: 43’42
Assistant Engineer: Anthony Ruotolo
Production Manager: Brian Coleman
Guitar Technician: Lisa Sharken

Label: Sony
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‘I’d always wanted to write a large-scale piece which had the structure of a symphony but wasn’t written for an orchestra and didn’t sound like ‘classical’ music. I’d been making sketches for years and I finally sat down and worked it all out. It wasn’t as hard as you might think, it was easier for instance than ‘Heaven and Hell’ because I didn’t have to write lyrics or sing. I suppose it comes across as a kind of jazz-rock symphony and some people have compared it to Frank Zappa’s instrumental stuff. I never expected it to have a big audience but I think it was successful on three counts; one, I think it holds up and works as a composition; two, I got some fantastic musicians to play it and they were extremely supportive (Terrence Blanchard, for instance, came up and hugged me at the end of the sessions, and Steve Vai became a friend) – and three, it won a Grammy, for Best Pop Instrumental Album, which is as good a category as any.’
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First Movement
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2. 
Fast Movement
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3. 
Slow Movement
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4. 
Last Movement (Variations)
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