Block title


Bye Bye Blackbird is an example of how I like to present jazz standards that jazz musicians love to play but with my own arrangement. This version uses an opening a closing groove that sets up the melody with my specified own harmonic and melodic arrangement. Solos are based on the traditional chord changes for the song but shift the meter from 4 beats per measures to 7 beats per measures. The first solo features pianist George Colligan and the second solo shows my efforts to use the bass clarinet as an intense modern jazz capable of soloing over chord structures to generate intensity and momentum equal to more traditional jazz horns like the saxophone and trumpet. This is a departure from more traditional usage of the bass clarinet in jazz which tends to lean towards avant-garde or slow textural playing.