Recorded in April 2016, Rough Boundaries was Naylor's debut Big Band album, featuring Birmingham Jazz Orchestra. The concept was to describe and capture the character and nuance of five contrasting cities, through the sounds of a jazz orchestra. He deliberately selected places which are aguably less travelled and therefore untainted by commercialism, allowing him to describe his own adventure, rather than living up to someone else's.
The suite consists of five pieces - Moscow, Bilbao, Stockholm, Reykjavik and Marrakech, and the album is available from Bandcamp here.
In 2017, Naylor received the Dankworth Prize for Composition for his piece Bilbao from this suite.
“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.”
“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.”
“4 Stars - Rough Boundaries is another impressive album from this exciting new ensemble”
— All About Jazz
“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.”
- The Jazz Breakfast