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The expensive train set : big band

by Tim Davies

Audio Sample

Performance by Tim Davies Big Band (Los Angeles), Tim Davies Big Band (Melbourne), Stuart Byrne, Jacques Voyemant, Ken Wild from the CD expensive train set

expensive train set


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The expensive train set / Tim Davies Big Band.

Library shelf no. CD 2977 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

This piece serves as the fourth movement of the trilogy and the centerpiece of the album. Instead of having two soloists at the same time, I have two whole big bands at the same time. It was actually quite daunting to write. So many options! But I decided to keep it simple and it turned out great. Logistics dictated that I had to record each band in their own country, so I recorded the drums first in LA, then the rhythm and the Melbourne band, followed by the Los Angeles band. One highlight of the process was when I had the 'Los Angeles stunt double big band' show up to a rehearsal with the Melbourne band; it was quite a thrill to hear it all come together in the one room.

Since this is the last movement, you will hear a section where the themes from the previous ones come together. This is also somewhat of a sequel to an early piece of mine called Epic. Epic was one of the first pieces I wrote and remains one of the most popular. It had a catchy drum groove and riff in the rhythm section. For this sequel, I play the same groove and wrote a similar style riff.

Work Details

Instrumentation: Big band.

Duration: 10 min.


  • In the form/style of: Jazz

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