Friends & Enemies

Friends & Enemies

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Composer

Mats Holmquist

Arranger

Mats Holmquist

Category

Big Band

Level

Advanced

Style

Jazz Minimalist 

Ranges

Trumpet: G#5; Trombone: C5

Duration

10:12

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).
The title Friends & Enemies refers to "The story of two chords" GMaj7 and FMaj7. When the G chord is placed on top of the F chord "they are in harmony" but when the F chord is placed on top of the G chord thety are "enemies (dissonant). A simple theme is developed with many variations. The intro, which is a drum solo with backgrounds uses harmonic ideas from Igor Stravinsky's Symphonies of wind instruments. After a long development all ends well in harmony. An interesting "tale" with elaborate harmonic constructions.
”Mats Holmquist is one of the jazz world’s finest composers and arrangers."
Ric Bang, JazzScan

Instrumentation

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

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