Fischer Tull is a man whose music is definitely worth exploring.

FISCHER TULL: Terpsichore; Prelude and Double Fugue; Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble; Cryptic Essay; Jargon; Accolade; Sketches on  a Tudor Psalm; Interview with Composer – Keystone Wind Ens./ Jack Stamp – Klavier K11207, 79:37 [Distr. by Naxos] ****:

Fisher Mickey Tull (1934-94) is not a name that rings a bell for most music fans, but for those in the know, or those who were involved in the school band program after 1965 the name stands as an icon for all that is good and true and noble in the production of a certain kind of twentieth century music. Although his catalog is rather small due to an early death, his compositions for orchestra, band, and chamber ensemble are pretty much equal in number, about 80 total. But it is his band music that continues to live on, and his tonal-oriented excursions into medieval and renaissance forms coupled with a high rhythmic energy and fluent contrapuntal skill make every work he penned an adventure in the utmost compositional craftsmanship.

This new disc, containing a number of lesser played works (but still as good as they get) is a rich addition to the Tull discography and a great favor to all who love superb and moving music. Jack Stamp’s Keystone Ensemble plays with authority and nimble dexterity, robust tonal qualities captured in lively and gracious sound. I can’t imagine any dedicated classical listener not enjoying this, a worthy remembrance of a fine composer.

—Steven Ritter