||Truly Madly Deeply Blue
As performed by Bobby Shew.
This 12 minute concert piece shifts from slow ballad through medium swing to
up tempo then back to the original ballad theme to close. Each time the
tempo doubles the rhythm section remains in 2 before moving into 4 resulting in the feeling of 5 different tempos.
The tune utilises high extension chords, relevant fully extended scales and
a good deal of tri-tone substitution resolution. There is extended solo
space for tenor saxophone 1 and trumpet 2 who share a free cadenza space before the final ballad head.
The ballad chorus is scored for 2 clarinets and 2 tenors in unison providing a moaning ’after hours’ sound. For the body of the piece the clarinets
change to soprano lead and alto 2. There’s lots of interesting ‘broken
chord’ trombone section work, frequent interludes involving either
contrapuntal lines or tight ensemble choruses split between the full band
and a smaller horn line-up and sequences of the composers trademark lydian writing.
Truly Madly Deeply Blue was commissioned by Jazz West for performance at the
inaugural Jazz Australia Convention, Perth, Western Australia in 1992 to
feature guest musicians Bobby Shew, trumpet, John Clayton, bass and Jeff
Clayton, saxophone. Soloists for the performance were Bobby Shew and student tenor saxophonist Jamie Oehlers.
You can hear the complete work on the demo CD available from this site.