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Clean start : small jazz ensemble

by Louise Denson (1998)

Clean start


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Clean start / Louise Denson.

Library shelf no. 785/DEN 6 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This is a boogaloo based on the 12-bar blues form. It makes use of pentatonics and sus chords, as well as extended harmony. It could be performed without the harmony line (tenor sax part), and without Latin percussion; however both of these parts contribute to a fuller interpretation of the work.

Work Details

Year: 1998

Instrumentation: Trumpet or alto saxophone lead, tenor sax, piano, bass, drumkit, congas/Latin percussion (optional).

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Familiarity with Afro-Cuban clave desirable.

Commission note: Written with support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qu├ębec, Canada

First performance: by Louise Denson, Helen Russell, Tony Hobbs, Phil Noy, David Allen, Joe Marchisella — 5 Jun 02. Launch of CD 'Clean Start', Brisbane

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Afro-Cuban jazz, boogaloo.

Included on CD 'Clean Start' which won 2003 Queensland Recording Association Sunnie Award for Best Jazz Album


  • In the form/style of: Jazz

Performances of this work

5 Jun 02: Launch of CD 'Clean Start', Brisbane. Featuring Louise Denson, Helen Russell, Tony Hobbs, Phil Noy, David Allen, Joe Marchisella.

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