Ballade

Ballade

MHQ #1008
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Composer

Mats Holmquist

Arranger

Mats Holmquist

Category

Big Band

Level

Advanced

Style

Minimalist Jazz Ballad

Ranges

Trumpet: G5; Trombone: C5

Duration

5:52

Description

As recorded by Mats Holmquist, Randy Brecker, Dick Oatts and Latvian Radio Big Band on the album "Big Band Minimalism" (Summit/MAMA Records 2017).
Ballade is french spelling for ballad. This piece is something as unusual as a minimalist jazz ballad. A beautiful theme is played in canon by trombone 1 and tenor 1 with trombone lead. Piano, guitar and woodwinds have important roles in the accompaniment. An extensive tenor 1 solo is followed by a reversed recap by the two lead instruments and is ended very softly by the piano. Beautiful and sensitive music with a possibility for your lead trombonist and first tenor to shine.
”Mats Holmquist is one of the jazz world’s finest composers and arrangers."
Ric Bang, JazzScan

Instrumentation

Standard Big Band (5/5/4/4)

Additional Info

Flute 1 & 2, clarinet 1 & 2 and tenor