Video of the day: Jim Rattigan shares ‘When’

Mike Flynn
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Leading French Horn player releases the stirring title track from his new album

Jim Rattigan – Photo by Alessandro Tear
Jim Rattigan – Photo by Alessandro Tear

One of the UK’s leading French horn players, Jim Rattigan is widely recognised as a pioneer of the jazz French horn and has performed with many globally renowned artists including, Michael Brecker, Bill Frisell, Carla Bley, Charlie Haden, Paul McCartney, George Michael and Adele.

He returns with a new album from his latest album When (Three Worlds Records) which is released on 4 December and features a stellar cast of UK musicians including pianist Nikki Iles, bassist Michael Janisch and drummer James Maddren alongside The Tear Quartet string ensemble of Julian Tear (violin), Alison Gordon (violin), Nic Barr (viola), and Nic Cooper (cello).

Commenting on the music Rattigan says: “Having had a career in classical music and now playing jazz, I thought that I would write some music that would combine the two worlds,” explains Rattigan. “This is not crossover music but a juxtaposition - the two styles working side by side. I worked with Julian Tear for many years in the Academy of St Martin's chamber orchestra and asked him to record the music with his quartet. The quartet becomes a quintet when I call on the double bass to play 'arco' and the French horn is a bridge between to two genres.”

Watch the video for the album’s title track below and for more info visit


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