The piece was written for male vocalist and Jazz Orchestra. In this version, the vocal part is played by solo cello. The orchestra consists of 5 saxes, doubling on flute and clarinet, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, and rhythm section. All instruments are JABB, except for the flute and cello, which are GPO.
You don't say here whether you are the composer or not on this one, so I will assume you are. The piece has some real nice moments in it and overall is enjoyable. I am kind of glad that the vocals are not in this version just because I am not a big fan of them.
It seems a bit long for a jazz piece, but then I don't know much about jazz. There is one spot around 7.30 that seemed to get much louder than the preceeding spots, but That might just be my computer.
The opening of this caught me off guard, Jack, when
I listened earlier; but on a second hearing, I think it
works well... a suitable reflection before launching into
the body of the piece.
This strikes me as almost a small Jazz suite, massaged
into a single movement (if that makes any sense). And
I don't mean that critically -- I like the way it goes
together... there's a very satisfying sense of formal
balance to it, despite its improvisational roots.
I'm pleased that you dug this piece out, and I appreciate your comments.
Some of the moods in the music, I think, are reflected in the text, but I also tried to give the piece some kind of formal cohesion. The opening is strictly instrumental, and the concluding section is a reflection of the opening section, but does include text. Strangely, I'm not sure I care to hear it actually being sung.