Posted by Roger Aldridge on Saturday, June 4, 2011
Sorry, no fiddle on this track. However, please imagine the alto sax being a jazz violin.
Inspired by the tango, this piece is about dance movement as well as exploring movement between time and free-time. The soloist’s part is entirely improvised. The rhythm section plays in and out of time. The soloist cues the rhythm section as when to make time/free-time and harmonic shifts. The background ensemble is entirely in free-time with each note conducted.
There is a considerable amount of freedom regarding the instrumentation. The soloist conceivability can be any instrument. Ideally, the jazz rhythm section uses accordion (or keyboard with accordion patch), piano and/or guitar, bass, and drums. The background ensemble can have 4 (or multiples of 4) woodwinds, brass, a mix of woodwinds & brass, or strings.
The solo section has an open form. The background ensemble can improvise interactions with the soloist.
This piece is highly dependent upon the soloist and ensemble to bring the music to life, give it a sense of drama and momentum, and take the audience on a journey.
Demo recorded by Jason Shapiro, alto saxophone; Jeff Knoettner, keyboard (strings, accordion); E. Shawn Qaissaunee, guitar; Peter McCarthy, bass; Skip Rohrich, drums.
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