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Jazz vespas : big band

by Tim Davies

Audio Sample

Performance by Tim Davies Big Band (Melbourne), Tim Wilson, Andrew O'Connell, Kim May 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

For many years I had wanted a motor bike. After a few friends of mine bought scooters, I decided that might be a fun thing to do too. It was! Of course, like with any major event in my life, I got asked if I was going to write a piece about it, and at the time I had just started work on a mellow blues tune. The vibe really fit with the Vespa, so I named the piece Jazz Vespas.

As I am not really a trained jazz musician or pianist, my music is often not the easiest to play or solo over. I tend to twist phrases and harmony in ways that the player might not be expecting. So every now and then I try to write something that is 'normal,' so that my players don't have to stress out counting odd-numbered rests or play in weird time signatures over chords only a drummer could come up with. This is one of those pieces, a simple blues.

Work Details

Instrumentation: Big band.

Duration: 8 min.


  • In the form/style of: Jazz

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