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Odd time in Mali : for jazz big band

by Jenna Cave (2006)

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Performance by ANU Recording Ensemble from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists

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Work Overview

Odd Time in Mali is a catchy West African influenced work for big band. It is based on an interesting rhythmic pattern which alternates between bars of 4/4 and 5/4 which initially heard on a recording from Mali. The piece moves into a 4/4 Cameroonian-derived Makoosa feel for the improvised solos. Like a lot of West African popular music a Calypso flavour can be heard

Work Details

Year: 2006

Instrumentation: 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxophones, piano, guitar, bass drums. Improvised solos: Alto saxophone 1, guitar, trumpet 2.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — tricky West African inspired rhythm section groove with consecutive bars alternating between 4/4 and 5/4

First performance: 2006. Moruya Jazz Festival, NSW


Performances of this work

12 Mar 2015: at Sirens Big Band with Sandy Evans (Camelot (Marrickville)). Featuring Sirens Big Band.

12 Feb 2014: at Official album launch: Divergence Jazz Orchestra (Foundry616). Featuring Divergence Jazz Orchestra.

11 Nov 2012: at Divergence Jazz Orchestra return in concert (The Wall, Bald Faced Stag Hotel ). Featuring Divergence Jazz Orchestra.

29 Jul 2012: at Divergence Jazz Orchestra BAND LAUNCH (The Wall/The Bald Faced Stag). Featuring Divergence Jazz Orchestra.

2006: Moruya Jazz Festival, NSW

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