Merfangle is a record company created to promote the work of the remarkable Clarinet & Saxophone virtuoso Julian Marc Stringle . Merfangle launched with the ‘smooth jazz’ album ‘Sundance’. They followed with two jazz-funk albums ‘LA Sunset’ & ‘Blues for the Morning After’ by Julian & his Latin influenced ‘Dream Band’ before releasing his vocal debut album ‘A Time for Love’ .
Last year Merfangle released ’The Best of the Clarinet Maestro’s’ featuring Julian & renowned USA Clarinet & Sax star Ken Peplowski backed by Pianist Craig Milverton’s Trio . Julian’s latest release is the first in a trilogy of ambitious ‘It’s Clazzical’ albums .‘It’s Clazzical’ is a unique blend of Classic Melodies & pulsating Latin jazz-funk themes.
‘It’s Clazzical’ Volume 1 is the fusion of the ‘Dream Band’ sextet ;- Julian on Clarinet, Neil Angilley on Piano, Dominic Ashworth on Guitars, Chris Dodd on Bass, Mike Bradley on Drums & Marc Cecil on Percussion with Sonia Slany’s ‘Solid Strings’ comprising Sonia Slany- Violin. Jonathan Truscott-Violin, Steve Tees- Viola & Nick Cooper- Cello.
‘It’s Classical’ Volume 1 features original arrangements of classic melodies by ;- Bernstein & Sondheim, Piazzolla, Dankworth, Stratta, Mangione, Villa Lobos, Lennon & McCartney, Hubbell & Stringle .
In July 2020 Merfangle will release 'LIVE AT CHICKENSHED' a nostalgic ‘live’ album featuring Julian with the Dream Band and superb vocalist Jacqui Hicks performing at London's Chickenshed Theatre . Completion of ‘It’s Clazzical’ Volume 2 has been delayed by the Covid 19 catastrophe and will not be released until Autumn 2021 .
However, due to popular demand we might well have to re-release Julian’s debut vocal album ‘A Time For Love ‘ !