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As true : small jazz ensemble

by Toby Hall, Alister Spence and Lloyd Swanton (2015, this version: 2017)

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Performance by Alister Spence Trio from the CD Not everything but enough

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Not everything but enough / Alister Spence Trio.

Library shelf no. CD 2871 [Not for loan]

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Work Overview

As True is a reflective modal piece that develops into a feature improvisation for the pianist supported by the bass player and drummer. On the CD recording Not Everything but Enough, As True begins with a repeated musicbox sample ostinato in the key of A minor. This is not essential and can be omitted from the performance. The drummer sets the mood with a repeated sixteenth note (semi-quaver) rhythm played on the snare drum using brushes.

The piano cues are written and occur in sequence but can be played at any time. They are modally based, clearly tonal and to be played in a gentle fashion. The double bass improvised a gentle sustained part.

Towards the end of the piece a harmonic sequence is constantly repeated as a foundation for the pianist to improvise over. The double bass and drummer can play more dynamically here and develop the accompaniment. The soloist cues a return to a simple melody over this sequence to finish.

Work Details

Year: 2015, this version: 2017

Instrumentation: Piano, double bass, drums.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Individual parts are not too complicated, but some experience in group synchronisation is required. Improvisation section for piano is uncomplicated harmonically .


  • In the form/style of: Jazz
  • In the form/style of: Modal

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