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Push Come ‘Da Shove*****
This is an original composition based on a C Minor blues with reharmonized chord progressions and an extended form. This arrangement was recorded by Derrick Gardner & The BIG dig! BAND on the 2020 Impact Jazz release “Still I Rise.” The introduction is “Rubato ad Libitum” centered around a recurring melodic idea executed freely by each individual horn player by section in a “waterfall” type of mannerism. This is followed by an up tempo rhythm section vamp in C Minor that sets up the time for the unison saxophone section melody. The solo sections for Trumpet and Alto Saxophone are complete with background figures with a Drum solo between the two horn solos. “McCoy Tyner” inspired trombone soli after the melodic statement, conducted ensemble interlude, challenging saxophone soli with Soprano Sax lead. This is a great opener or closer to any concert program and challenging for any ensemble.