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Blues For Lester

By Roger Aldridge

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Woodwind Quintet, Double Bass, Drum Set, Guitar, Jazz Ensemble, Little Big Band - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by Roger Aldridge. 21st Century, Jazz, Blues, Funk Jazz. Score. 17 pages. Published by Roger Aldridge (S0.74939).

Item Number: S0.74939

Blues For Lester (for jazz soloist, 5 wind instruments, and rhythm section) is an extended piece with an eclectic blend of jazz, funk, contemporary classical, and blues. It is an expression of my admiration for Lester Young, the great tenor saxophonist, who had many quirky qualities in his music. This piece draws upon aspects of Lester Young's playing that I admire and have internalized: His horizontal approach to harmony, how he played around with time in his phrasing, used "wrong" notes (from a vertical chord perspective) at times, and had an audacious sense of humor. These are expressed in Blues For Lester in my own style. The score was originally conceived for woodwind quintet (with alto flute). Alternate parts are provided for an assortment of commonly-used wind instruments. In this way, the piece can be performed by various combinations of instruments. As another possibility, two (or more) musicians can be used on each wind instrument part. This option of having doubled parts -- with either same or different instruments on a part -- is an easy way for larger ensembles to perform this music.

PARTS: The set of parts is available at BLUES FOR LESTER PARTS (S0.84819).
DURATION: around 4:00
PERFORMANCE: The score is concert pitch and uses flexible instrumentation.

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