||The Lamplighter - description
This piece was written in 2018 as a tribute to Dr. Robert Washut, Professor of Jazz Studies, to mark the occasion of his retirement after 38 years of inspiring teaching at the University of Northern Iowa.
“The Lamplighter” draws from a variety of influences, including the drumming of Mark Giuliana with saxophonist Donny McCaslin, the Stan Kenton bands’ distinctive trombone section sound, and J.S. Bach.
The piece features the drums with tasteful, textural solo opportunities over a trombone section chorale at the beginning and end of the chart, with a chance to really let loose over a powerful ‘bone section rhythmic ostinato leading up to the chart’s climax. Solo sections for tenor saxophone and piano are also included, with the option of extending the solo (through an Open section) at the director’s discretion. The trumpet section gets to explore a variety of tone colors through the use of flugel horns, harmon mutes and an optional (but highly recommended!) wordless vocal in Trumpet 5. The challenging (but hopefully very satisfying) electric bass part draws inspiration from Bach’s Cello Suites.
This is a very contemporary straight-eighth chart with reasonable brass ranges (lead trumpet up to written Eb), and modern harmonies and rhythms that should appeal to players and audiences alike! Also available as a PDF.