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    Default Baltimore Rowhouse for 5-horn Jazz Ensemble

    The third score in a series of pieces for mid-size jazz ensemble is finished. This is an extended piece that goes through a series of moods and settings. Guitar is featured along with a soloist on an unspecified instrument.

    This music has a great deal of freedom and is dependent upon the soloists and ensemble to bring it to life. I like to extend a soloist's freedom to the rest of the band in my scores. This is done in ways that are integral to the compositional framework. With this approach, both musicians and audiences can experience the music in fresh and different ways each time it's performed. This concept has its roots in early jazz. It enables ensemble musicians, not just the soloists, to go beyond written parts to add their vision and voice to the musical whole.

    The score was originally conceived for woodwind quintet (with alto flute) and rhythm section. Alternate parts for woodwinds and brass are provided for each of the five horn lines.

    With this flexible approach to instrumentation, just about any configuration of wind instruments can be used for a horn section -- such as a conventional jazz horn section, sax section, brass section, woodwind quintet, clarinet ensemble, or a wild mix of tone colors. In a similar way, the instrumentation for the rhythm section is flexible. At a minimum, piano and/or guitar, bass, and drums are needed.

    I'll attach the score so folks can get a preview of the piece. Interested bands can contact me for a complete set of parts and score.
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    1936 G.H. Huller alto saxophone, Ralph Morgan 6C mouthpiece, #3 1/2 Legere Signature reeds, Theo Wanne ligature
    1969 Couesnon Monopole Bb clarinet, Walter Grabner K14 mouthpiece, #3 Legere (old) Quebec, Klassik string ligature
    Yamaha bass clarinet, Walter Grabner LB mouthpiece, #3 1/2 Legere standard tenor, Optimum ligature
    Yamaha flute, diMedici alto flute

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    Default Re: Baltimore Rowhouse for 5-horn Jazz Ensemble

    A demo recording of the sextet version of Baltimore Rowhouse can be heard on my Reverbnation page. Here's a link -- http://www.reverbnation.com/rogeraldridge At Reverbnation, click on "See all 31 songs" and scroll down the tune list. Baltimore Rowhouse is #8 in the playlist.

    There are some minor differences between the recording and my ensemble score. I decided to omit the recording's introduction in the score as a way to have more forward momentum. Also, please keep in mind the recording was intended to be a demo and is not a full-length performance. For a performance, I envision the free-time improv for the guitar and soloist to be much longer and developed. This section is free for experimentation. If you'd like to add more instruments to the improv it's perfectly fine with me.

    The musicians on the recording Leonard, violin; Jason Shapiro, alto saxophone; Jeff Knoettner, keyboards; E. Shawn Qaissaunee, guitar; Peter McCarthy, bass; Skip Rohrich, drums.

    A leadsheet for Baltimore Rowhouse is available at my composer's page on the American Music Center online library. Use the link below in my signature. There's no charge for downloading the music.
    1936 G.H. Huller alto saxophone, Ralph Morgan 6C mouthpiece, #3 1/2 Legere Signature reeds, Theo Wanne ligature
    1969 Couesnon Monopole Bb clarinet, Walter Grabner K14 mouthpiece, #3 Legere (old) Quebec, Klassik string ligature
    Yamaha bass clarinet, Walter Grabner LB mouthpiece, #3 1/2 Legere standard tenor, Optimum ligature
    Yamaha flute, diMedici alto flute

    Visit my website and listen to my originals: http://www.rogeraldridge.com

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    Default Re: Baltimore Rowhouse for 5-horn Jazz Ensemble

    Roger, I have a few friends that want to get together and play through some
    combo charts just for fun.

    Our problem at present is that we don't have much material to work with.
    So I decided to start collecting some arrangements.
    I will write some myself but my time is limited.
    I don't mind paying for some charts but would like to listen to them first.
    However, when I click on your tunes on ReverbNation, nothing happens.
    Do I have to become a member or do I need some special player ???
    Selmer Mk VI Tenor, s/no. 85,xxx Tn mpc - Jody Jazz DV New York 7*, Marquez Chinese tenor. JJ DV, JJ ESP, Link STM, Selmer Mk VII Alto, s/no. 302,xxx, Yamaha Flute F100SII http://www.youtube.com/kavalasax

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    Default Re: Baltimore Rowhouse for 5-horn Jazz Ensemble

    I don't understand why you can't hear the recordings. One does not need to be a member of Reverbnation.

    Please try this site and let me know if you can hear the recordings -- http://www.fiddlehangout.com/myhango...c.asp?id=23160 Another possibility is to use the MP3 files on my page at the American Music Center online library. A link is below in my signature. At the AMC page, click on the Compositions tab and scroll down the music list. Most of the tunes have leadsheets or scores (PDF icon) and a demo recording (MP3 icon).

    Please understand that I do not have recordings yet of the mid-size ensemble scores I'm working on. However, there are demo recordings of the tunes.

    I'm happy to send some of the arrangements for you to try out. No charge. The first 3 scores that I've finished are pretty free....not typical of most arrangements that are offered in jazz catalogs or music services. The samba chart that I'm in the process of finishing is more notational.

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    1936 G.H. Huller alto saxophone, Ralph Morgan 6C mouthpiece, #3 1/2 Legere Signature reeds, Theo Wanne ligature
    1969 Couesnon Monopole Bb clarinet, Walter Grabner K14 mouthpiece, #3 Legere (old) Quebec, Klassik string ligature
    Yamaha bass clarinet, Walter Grabner LB mouthpiece, #3 1/2 Legere standard tenor, Optimum ligature
    Yamaha flute, diMedici alto flute

    Visit my website and listen to my originals: http://www.rogeraldridge.com

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    Default Re: Baltimore Rowhouse for 5-horn Jazz Ensemble

    PS, Kavala.... In case you might have missed it, a PDF file containing my Baltimore Rowhouse score for mid-size ensemble is attached to the first message in this thread. Please look it over. It should give you a sense of my writing style and the concepts I'm using for mid-size ensemble. Some of my scores are highly improv-based and others are more notational. Baltimore Rowhouse falls roughly in the middle....having both notated structure and several open improv sections.

    Roger
    1936 G.H. Huller alto saxophone, Ralph Morgan 6C mouthpiece, #3 1/2 Legere Signature reeds, Theo Wanne ligature
    1969 Couesnon Monopole Bb clarinet, Walter Grabner K14 mouthpiece, #3 Legere (old) Quebec, Klassik string ligature
    Yamaha bass clarinet, Walter Grabner LB mouthpiece, #3 1/2 Legere standard tenor, Optimum ligature
    Yamaha flute, diMedici alto flute

    Visit my website and listen to my originals: http://www.rogeraldridge.com

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    Default Re: Baltimore Rowhouse for 5-horn Jazz Ensemble

    Thanks for the feedback Roger.

    I still cannot play the files on Reverbnation. Possibly my anti-virus is blocking something.

    However, I could play the tracks on Fiddle Hangout.

    I will have a listen through those.
    Selmer Mk VI Tenor, s/no. 85,xxx Tn mpc - Jody Jazz DV New York 7*, Marquez Chinese tenor. JJ DV, JJ ESP, Link STM, Selmer Mk VII Alto, s/no. 302,xxx, Yamaha Flute F100SII http://www.youtube.com/kavalasax

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