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Orange and Olive Trees : big band

by Jenna Cave (2018)

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Work Overview

This piece for big band draws on many musical influences. The idea for the piece was first conceived when the composer was travelling through the mountains of Greece, looking at a scenery comprised of many orange and olive trees, while listening to the music of big band composer and trumpeter Don Ellis who was prominent in the 1960s and '70s. While incorporating the joyful exubrance of Ellis's work and his fasicination with unusal time signatures, stylistic influences can be heard from big band jazz, Bulgarian and Greek rhythms and Calypso; and it has also been described as reminicent of Irish music.

The work is in an odd time signature, with a groove of 13/8-11/8. It also moves into 10/8 on three ocassions.

It features two improvised solos, on trumpet and on either soprano sax or alto sax.

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: 5 trumpets, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, 2 tenor saxophones, baritone saxophone, 3 trombones, bass trombone, guitar, piano, bass, drums.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Divergence Jazz Orchestra at Divergence Jazz Orchestra (Foundry616) on 9 Feb 2018

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
big band jazz, Greek and Bulgarian rhythms, calypso


  • In the form/style of: Jazz

Performances of this work

9 Feb 2018: at Divergence Jazz Orchestra (Foundry616). Featuring Divergence Jazz Orchestra.

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