Peculiar orbit : small jazz ensemble
by Alister Spence (2017)
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'Peculiar Orbit' is an energetic medium tempo swing
(swung quavers) piece in 5/4 meter. The piano part is constructed
contrapuntally: the left hand part is comprised of a four bar
melodic phrase that repeats, and the melodic phrases played by
the right hand follow a longer, more abstract rhythmic contour.
The double bass part sounds in unison with the piano player's
left hand, and the drummer plays in swing rhythm in 5/4 while
accenting a 'back beat' accent on the snare drum every 4 beats to
give the impression of a link to half time 4/4.
The second section of the piece utilises the rhythm of the initial bass melody phrase. This is modulated through a harmonic sequence. This harmony provides a foundation for improvisations by the pianist, and double bass player. A return to the A section brings the piece to a conclusion.
Instrumentation: Piano, double bass, drums.
Duration: 8 min.
- In the form/style of: Jazz
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