Jack Stamp: Chamber Music, Volume One

The American composer John Stamp (b. 1954) – universally known as ‘Jack’ – is a familiar figure in the worlds of the symphonic wind-band movement that flourishes in US universities and of the brass band on both sides of the Atlantic. This first Toccata Classics album of his music presents a cross- section of recent works for woodwinds, brass and strings, varied in mood, from upbeat to reflective, and in style, from a solemn hymn-setting to buoyant, outdoors Americana à la Copland, now and then coloured by a hint of jazz.

Uptown Brass
Mill City Chamber Players
Hideaway Wind Quintet
Whittier String Trio
Marissa Benedict, Charles Lazarus, trumpets
University of Minnesota Jazz Ensemble
Jack Stamp, Dean Sorenson, conductors

Listen To This Recording:

  1. Mt. Olive Fanfare for brass quintet (2022) (2:09)
  2. Concertino for Brass Quintet and Chamber Orchestra (2021) (9:46)
  3. A Craic Situation for brass quintet (2021) (7:32)

Suite Madera for wind quintet (2017) (14:20)

  1. I. Declaration (3:34)
  2. II. Interlude (3:26)
  3. III. Double Fugue (4:17)
  4. IV. Finale (3:04)
  5. A Lost Friendship for string trio (2022) (4:39)
  6. Lord, Keep Us Steadfast for brass quintet (2021) (12:04)

Red Cedar Lake Suite for brass quintet (2021)

  1. I. Early Morning Loons on Red Cedar Lake (3:11)
  2. II. Seagulls Dancing on Red Cedar Lake (2:24)
  3. III. Eagles on Red Cedar Lake (3:23)
  4. IV. Sunset on Red Cedar Lake (3:04)

Suite for unaccompanied solo trumpet (2022)

  1. I. Introit (1:18)
  2. II. Dance (0:51)
  3. III. Ballad (2:28)
  4. IV. Waltz (1:31)
  5. V. Revenge (1:35)
  6. Concertino for Trumpet and Jazz Ensemble (2020) (11:46)

First Recordings

1 review for Jack Stamp: Chamber Music, Volume One

  1. :

    ‘His [Jack Stamp] music is approachable and when the half-enchanted listener approaches it welcomes. The notes step effortlessly from Sondheim/Tunick sassy, to grave and epigrammatic along the lines of Nino Rota, to Copland-style open skies, bluffs and mesas – a touch of The Outdoor Overture and The Tender Land. The music is put across to the listener in utterly superb sound. […]

    These are all first recordings of music that will hold your attention. The performances are either by the original intended players or by musicians whose temperaments and skills are a good match to those of the composer.’

    —Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International

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