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Pi, Why?

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Size: 3,015kb, uploaded 2/2/2011 9:25:34 AM
Genre: Jazz/Blues / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

Pi, Why? is an unusual blues that uses Pi (3.1415926...) as a sequence of melodic intervals. But don't let that scare you away -- the tune swings. The structure of the tune is mostly in 3-bar phrases and has shifting time in places. It's not a conventional blues. Demo recorded by Amy Leonard, violin; Jason Shapiro, tenor saxophone; E. Shawn Qaissaunee, guitar; Peter McCarthy, bass; Skip Rohrich, drums.

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Rainy Afternoon

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Size: 6,969kb, uploaded 5/6/2011 9:49:10 AM
Genre: Jazz/Blues / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

The tune is a fairly conventional jazz ballad with some Ellington-Strayhorn touches. This recording has the tune played a touch faster than a slow ballad tempo and gives it a Hot Club of France kind of feeling. Demo recorded by Amy Leonard, violin; Jeff Knoettner, keyboards; E. Shawn Qaissaunee, guitar; Peter McCarthy, bass.

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Rubber Chicken Rag

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- Play count: 185

Size: 2,974kb, uploaded 2/2/2011 8:58:30 AM
Genre: Jazz/Blues / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

Rubber Chicken Rag draws upon American roots music with a crazed blend of contemporary touches. It's meant to be fun and audacious. Performers can take the music in any creative direction they want to go with it. Demo recorded by Amy Leonard, violin; E. Shawn Qaissaunee, guitar; Peter McCarthy, bass.

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Salt Marsh Rag

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- Play count: 40

Size: 6,613kb, uploaded 9/8/2014 7:29:35 AM
Genre: Jazz/Blues / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

Salt Marsh Rag (for 5 wind instruments and jazz rhythm section) has an early jazz feeling and a good amount of humor. It is meant to be fun and something that is distinctly different for performers and audiences. While this rag draws upon American roots music and is intended to sound old, there is a playful juxtaposition of old and new styles in the music. Performers are encouraged to discover their vision of this piece and take it in any creative direction they want to go with it. The score was originally conceived for woodwind quintet (with alto flute) and rhythm section. Alternate parts are provided for an assortment of instruments within the range of each of the wind instrument parts. The score can also be easily adapted for strings. Students and ensembles can explore creative orchestration with Salt Marsh Rag by playing it with different combinations of instruments. The rhythm section is also flexible. Ideally, a trio (bass, drums, and piano or guitar) is used. However, the rhythm section can have more or fewer instruments -- even just a piano if a trio is not available. As another possibility, two (or more) musicians can be used on each wind instrument part. This option of having doubled parts -- with either same or different instruments on a part -- is an easy way for larger ensembles to perform this music. Recorded by David Arivett.

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Sleepy Creek Samba

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- Play count: 43

Size: 6,754kb, uploaded 10/25/2014 11:39:42 AM
Genre: Jazz/Blues / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

Sleepy Creek Samba (named for Sleepy Creek Mountain in Morgan County, WV) is a bright and happy piece written for friends in Berkeley Springs and dedicated to the Morgan Arts Council. The mid-size ensemble score is for soloist, 5 horns, and rhythm section. The score uses flexible instrumentation. This enables the music to be played by many combinations of instruments. Recorded by David Arivett.

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Smith Island Boat Song

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Size: 1,763kb, uploaded 2/2/2011 9:09:22 AM
Genre: Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

A slow waltz in a Scottish fiddle style with some subtle modern touches. Inspired by Smith Island in the Chesapeake Bay. Demo recorded by Amy Leonard, violin; E. Shawn Qaissaunee, guitar; Peter McCarthy, bass.

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Sunset on the Chesapeake

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Size: 1,984kb, uploaded 2/2/2011 9:00:42 AM
Genre: Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure. Exploring the bay and discovering how it is a complex living system can be life-changing. An especially breathtaking time to be on the Chesapeake is at sunset. This slow waltz is dedicated to all of those who are working to restore and protect the Chesapeake. Demo recorded by Amy Leonard, violin; E. Shawn Qaissaunee, guitar; Peter McCarthy, bass.

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The Snoring Dog's Waltz

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Size: 2,423kb, uploaded 2/2/2011 9:02:31 AM
Genre: Old-Time / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

An old-timey kind of waltz. Inspired by my dog Spike who often laid down in the living room and proceeded to snore. Demo recorded by Amy Leonard, violin; E. Shawn Qaissaunee, guitar; Peter McCarthy, bass.

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Toads

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- Play count: 121

Size: 1,835kb, uploaded 2/13/2011 9:03:54 AM
Genre: Jazz/Blues / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

Words that come to mind about this piece are strange, edgy, and fun. I think of it as invoking images of mutant creatures wreaking havoc on a small town in a 1950's monster movie. :)) Note: the recording is a 1-chorus tune demo; not a full-length performance. Recorded by Amy Leonard, violin; Jason Shapiro, tenor saxophone; E. Shawn Qaissaunee, guitar; Peter McCarthy, bass; Skip Rohrich, drums.

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Twilight Sail

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Size: 7,048kb, uploaded 12/3/2015 12:33:31 PM
Genre: Jazz/Blues / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

Twilight Sail is a bossa nova that expresses the peacefulness of sailing on the Chesapeake at twilight. Recorded by David Arivett.

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Uxmal at Midnight

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Size: 6,140kb, uploaded 5/6/2011 9:44:54 AM
Genre: Jazz/Blues / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

A slow tango. The tune is fairly simple yet it has beauty and drama...invoking feelings of that magical place. Demo recorded by Amy Leonard, violin; Jeff Knoettner, keyboards; E. Shawn Qaissaunee, guitar; Peter McCarthy, bass.

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