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Rough Boundaries 

Rough Boundaries is my debut Big Band album, recorded with Birmingham Jazz Orchestra in April 2016.  The concept is based on describing places through an auditory mode, as opposed to the more typical verbal or visual modes.  I visited 5 cities (Moscow, Bilbao, Stockholm, Reykjavik and Marrakech), and wrote a piece about each.  I deliberately selected places which are aguably less travelled and therefore untainted by commercialism, allowing me to describe my own adventure, rather than living up to someone else's.  


The Album is available both digitally and physically from Bandcamp, Itunes and Amazon, as well as the complete scores and parts for each composition.






Josh Schofield - Alto 1, Soprano

Lee Griffiths - Alto 2, Clarinet

John Fleming - Tenor 1

Vittorio Mura - Tenor 2

Alicia Gardener - Trejo - Bari, Bass Clarinet



Richard Foote - Trombone 1

David Sear - Trombone 2

Josh Tagg - Trombone 3

Andrew Clennel - Bass Trombone




Tom Syson - Trumpet 1

Hugh Pascall - Trumpet 2

Sean Gibbs - Trumpet 3

Alex Astbury - Trumpet 4



Ben Lee - Guitar

David Ferris - Piano

Stuart Barker - Double Bass

Jonathan Silk - Drums

© Jacky Naylor 2016. All Rights Reserved.

"The whole production is a testament not only to the immense amount of talent of this exciting young jazz melting pot, but to the cohesion they have as a community. Other cities may be the subject of Jacky Naylor’s marvellous music, but it was created right here in Birmingham."


                                                                    - Peter Bacon @ thejazzbreakfast

(Full review available here)


"4 Stars - Rough Boundaries is another impressive album from this exciting new ensemble."          

                                                                                        -  All About Jazz

(Full review available here)

"4 Stars - This is a really important band, not only for its role as a vehicle for extended original compositions and arrangements, but also as a showcase for the ever expanding and increasingly exciting jazz talent pool in this central English city. Rough Boundaries confirms what Burns first suggested: vibrant and hugely talented young musicians who can read sophisticated charts and swing like the blazes being given the chance to do both in equal measure by writers of remarkable maturity. The disk not only ticks all kinds of "good thing" boxes, it's also a joyful, heart-swelling listen."

                                                                                   - Jazzwise


(Full review not available online, can be found in September 2016 issue of Jazzwise Magazine.)



"One hears shades and echoes of Kenny Wheeler, Gil Evans and Maria Schnieder as well as the improvisatory flexibility of Graham Collier and Django Bates."

                                                                     - LondonJazzNews


(Full review available here)