I am working on a production of a fairly new play called The Violet Hour, which will have a jazzy score. I thought I would share an early mockup of the tune "Tickle Toe," which was written in 1918 for an ill-fated musical called Going Up.
But probably most of you will recognize the tune, because unlike the musical, the tune itself became a Jazz standard by way of New York to Kansas City then back to New York, and ultimately all over. Everyone from Marilyn McPartland to Lee Konitz to Art Pepper has recorded this tune.
Obvious homage to Count Basie and Lester Young here.
What I think is relevant to the Sample Library discussion is the fact that you can get some nicely articulated horn lines from VSL on a tune like this. At present, I am not sure how much of this sequence will actually be in the final version, but for now, I was able to get a surprisingly good mockup--enough so that my fellow collaborators know where I'm going with the energy.
I used two samples from QL Brass to help put some Dixie feel in the shout section, first the trumpet gliss, and then from the same GIG file, the little fall on the last trumpet note. Can't say enough good things about QL Brass...it has some of my favorite little sounds that can make all the difference in the world. The rest of the brass, including the ballsy bones, is all VSL.
- VSL C Trumpet, Grace Note leg-perf Clarinet ff, Xylophone, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Bass Trombone Gliss
- Larry Seyer Acoustic Drums
- Larry Seyer Acoustic Bass
- Bardstown Tenor Banjo, Picked
- The White Grand
- Quantum Leap Brass
Hope you enjoy this example of how sounds can be re-purposed to other genres. It was surprisingly easy to get this far. All I really did was just get the note lengths and accent patterns right. If I had gone in and done some judicious pitch-bending on individual parts, I think I could have taken it up another level very easily. Ultimately, if I keep any of this, I'll do that, and flesh out the arrangement a bit more. Hopefully the budget will allow me to bring in a clarinet player and a trombone player, and they can handle the fleshing out, haha. For now, it's close enough for jazz, as they say...