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.