A R R A N G I N G
- Jacqui Dankworth
James is in-demand as an arranger of classical, jazz and crossover repertoire. His arrangements have been recorded and performed internationally.
In recent years, he has been commissioned by composer-saxophonist Andy Scott to arrange, for flute and guitar, a number of Scott's popularly performed works which were originally composed for a variety of settings such as saxophone and vibraphone, flute and harp, tuba with brass band, and clarinet ensemble. These include: Salt of the Earth, And Everything Is Still..., Paquito and Fujiko.
Recorded in 2017, he was commissioned by jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth and Craig Ogden to write arrangements of jazz standards and popular songs for their duo album and tour.
Also for guitar and voice, James has arranged a collection of classical songs by Federico García Lorca, Fernando Obradors and Carlos Guastavino, whose original piano parts' hispanic character lends itself to the Spanish guitar. Additionally, for guitar and flute, he has arranged Messaien's 5 Leçons de Solfege, a selection of Chick Corea's Children's Songs (solo piano pieces), and Quarteto Novo recordings, as performed extensively by the Meraki Duo.
Other settings for which James has arranged include chamber orchestra for The Untold Orchestra's collaboration with quintet Artephis, and the RNCM Jazz Octet.