I know...does all this guy write is flugel ballads with jazz orchestra? I decided to do another one immediately on the heels of Awakening (posted a few days ago) to pick up on what I learned the last time. This one is much less complicated from a rendering point of view. Still have brushes and stix and a flugel feature throughout. No ww this time.
This was a piece written as a commission a few years ago and I decided it needed a rewrite. Never thought it had enough shape. So I used JABB to help me with the process. Kind of emulates the workshopping stage where you take the work out to rehearsal and make edits afterwards. JABB is so cool because you can really try things out fearlessly ( I guess I'm preaching to the choir).
The Mr. G. in this one is the name the students in the high school gave to their teacher as I bet none of them could spell his last name. I attempted to do what for me is one of the most challenging things as a composer: write music that can be played by a younger band. I have failed at this more times than I can remember; always writing too much and too hard. My original erred on the easy side I think, so the revision puts a couple of challenges back in (trumpet range 3/4 the way through) and so on. I notice a little Thad Jones influence in this, although I realize that's really flattering myself. Thad could write the most beautiful flugel features!!!
Anyway, I am posting as I am trying to improve my JABB chops and welcome the comments from those willing to listen.