Extrapolation is a three-movement chamber ensemble work that I wrote to feature some of the remarkable trumpet talent at the University of Oregon. In the first movement you hear several motivic statements. The second movement begins with a free improvisatory duet, furthering these motives, and from there the piece unfolds as those original introductory melodies are developed. Read more about what went into this project here.
I'm still in Miles mode after the gig last Thursday…His music is so fun and his vibe is so distinct. Miles was definitely one of the most—if the not the most—influential jazz artists of all time. Today I transcribed one of my favorite solos of his, Freddie Freeloader (click to see transcription). This is the second track off of Kind of Blue, which happens to be the all-time best-selling jazz record. Some of the most swingin stuff ever.
Adding to what I posted last week about Jay, here is another great solo of his that I just transcribed today. I Should Care (click to see transcription) is a jazz standard that appears on Jay's 1996 album Rapture. This was actually the first recording of Jay Thomas I ever heard, and I've been in love with the track ever since. Hope you dig it!