Blues ala Burgess***


This is an original composition and arrangement recorded by Derrick Gardner & The BIG dig! BAND on the 2020 Impact Jazz release “Still I Rise.” This is a medium-up tempo blues in G Major dedicated to my father, trumpeter, composer/arranger and educator Burgess Gardner. The melody of this piece is based off of an improvisational motif I heard my father play on one of his recordings. This arrangement features a three chorus Saxophone Soli (w/Soprano Sax lead) and solo sections with background figures for Trumpet and Tenor Saxophone. The development section of the arrangement features a two chorus Ensemble Shout containing a unison Trombone Soli pitted against the Trumpet and Saxophone sections. The ending features a dramatic Drum solo answering conducted ensemble orchestration leading to the final fully voiced chord of the arrangement. Every jazz concert should have a blues as part of it’s programming and this one would fit perfectly.

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