Big Band Jazz
Creative Vision for the Track:
- My second assignment as a private student of Frank Mantooth back in the early 90s. Frank liked the first thing I brought in but thought it was a bit “vanilla”.
- Used the instrumentation of my big band so we could use it in live performance.
- Up tempo, Latin feel.
- Woodwind doubles (flutes, clarinets) in the sax section.
- Solo space for trumpet and an improvised conversational duet with Trombone 1 (me) and Trombone 2.
Composition Details (Tempo, Key, Main Chords etc):
Focused attempt at line writing
Used both sectional and cross-sectional writing (integrating woodwinds within brass, etc. at Frank’s suggestion)
Use of embellished guide-tone lines behind the soloists with concerted kicks and rhythms to launch them into the next section of the form
Trombone conversation breaks up the A section for variation. The ensemble plays the first few bars followed by the first soloist. On the repeat the ensemble plays the first few bars followed by the second soloist.
Voicings were inspired by Frank’s teaching (e.g. his “Miracle Voicings”, voicings in fourths, upper structure triads).
This recording is of my big band on our first studio release (1997) called “Good Intentions”.
Main Instruments used:
5 saxes / woodwind doubles, 5 trumpets, 5 trombones (3 tenor trombones, 2 bass trombones), piano, bass, guitar, drum set