Although it's not explicitly expressed here very often, I think we would all readily agree that one the the coolest aspects of this forum is the inspiration and motivation we provide each other, literally on a daily basis. I am constantly inspired and motivated -- and amazed -- by so many of you, and I know that the impetus has served my music well. It would not grow nor experience its much-needed improvement without this venue.
I was first drawn composition in college, and my first true love was for writing big band jazz charts. I drifted away from that after college though, only to have my love for it reignited by listening to the big band arrangments of our own "forumite" Steve Sample (sos). Steve's talent and knack for creating superb, professional big band arrangements is impressive... in fact, just as impressive as his humility, gentility and modesty.
A product of that inspiration is my first full-blown (though shortish) original big band jazz chart in many years, which I have appropriately entitled With A Nod To SOS. -- a jazz ballad.
The mp3: http://www.dannywilliamsmusic.com/nodtosos.mp3
The instrumentation: All JABB --pretty much standard big band setup
-2 alto saxes (one as featured soloist)
-2 tenor saxes
-1 bari sax
-3 tenor bones, 1 bass bone
-4 trumpets, 1 flugelhorn
-acoustic piano (Steinway jazz)
-fretless electric bass
-brush drum set
Thanks for listening (and thanks to sos!)