Blue Note Gig Preparations

We’ve been working hard this past week getting ready for the Ensemble’s gig at the Blue Note tomorrow (Sunday, April 4th). We’ve already had a full rehearsal, a rhythm section rehearsal, and I’ve tutored the rhythm section members individually on Afro-Caribbean rhythmic concepts.

It’s a bit of a crash course since last semester we were working on a whole different repertoire that was more “swing” oriented. But everyone is taking to the new material very well.

Here’s an video excerpt from the rhythm section rehearsal – running over the changes on “Countdown”:

Today (Sat.) I’ll be running over the parts with the horn players in a sectional, then the full group meets for a rehearsal. Our repertoire is a good cross section of my arrangements and tunes in the Afro-Caribbean vein:

  • So What originally recorded on “Another Kind Of Blue: The Latin Side Of Miles Davis”
  • Solar originally recorded on “Sketches Of Spain y Mas”
  • Flamenco Sketches from “Another Kind Of Blue”
  • Countdown from “Que Viva Coltrane”
  • Descarga No.7 from the Grammy winning Brian Lynch / Eddie Palmieri Project “Simpatico”
  • Slippery also from “Simpatico”
  • One For Mogie an often recorded tune of mine given a Latin treatment by this band

We’ll also be doing two or three numbers from our “straight ahead” repertoire of earlier this school year; Deception by Miles, my Chippin’ In as recorded by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, and Jackie McLean’s Dr. Jackle.

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