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Blue shades


In 1992 I composed a concerto for traditional jazz band and orchestra, Playing with fire, for the Jim Cullum Jazz Band and the San Antonio Symphony … I experienced tremendous joy during the creation of Playing with fire, and my love for early jazz is expressed in every bar of the concerto. However, after completing it I knew that the traditional jazz influences dominated the work, leaving little room for my own musical voice to come through. I felt a strong need to compose another work, one that would combine my love of early jazz with my own musical style. Four years, and several compositions later, I finally took the opportunity to realize that need by composing Blue shades. As its title suggests, the work alludes to the Blues, and a jazz feeling is prevalent—however, it is in not literally a Blues piece. There is not a single 12-bar blues progression to be found, and except for a few isolated sections, the eighth-note is not swung. The work however is heavily influenced by the Blues: Blue notes (flattened 3rds, 5ths and 7ths) are used constantly; Blues harmonies, rhythms, and melodic idioms pervade the work; and many 'shades of blue' are depicted, from bright blue, to dark, to dirty, to hot blue.

from notes by Frank Ticheli © 2021


Mackey: Asphalt cocktail; Whitacre: October; Ticheli: Blue shades
Studio Master: SIGCD677Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

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  1. Mackey: Asphalt cocktail; Whitacre: October; Ticheli: Blue shades (SIGCD677)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: June 2021
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