Blues For Lester by Roger Aldridge
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A December random act of abstract. Quirky.
About the Album
Blues For Lester is an extended piece with an eclectic blend of jazz (with a touch of Monk), funk, contemporary classical, and blues. This piece draws upon aspects of Lester Young's playing that I admire and have internalized. This includes 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. They are expressed in Blues For Lester in my own style. The mid-size ensemble score is for soloist, 5 horns, and rhythm section. The score uses flexible instrumentation. This enables the music to be played by many combinations of instruments. Recorded by David Arivett.
Roger Aldridge: composer; David Arivett: score demos; Amy Leonard: violin; Jason Shapiro: alto & soprano sax; Jeff Knoettner: piano; E. Shawn Qaissaunee: guitar; Peter McCarthy: bass; Skip Rohrich: drums
December 9, 2014
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