Live at the Baha’i Center, NYC
About this video
Inspired by some of the work of Miles Davis’ bands of the late 60’s/early 70’s, this composition by Jon Burr uses an unusual blend of traditional jazz arranging techniques. Each phrase of the original statement of the melody is numbered, and can be called into play at any time during the improvisation. You can see various members calling the numbers during the performance.
This is “free” jazz in that the total composition is spontaneous, but the elements of it are deliberately constructed.
The bass and drums are suspended and independent of the themes played by the horns and piano throughout, giving and abstract, ambient feeling to the whole.
Re-use of the original melody in this way was used by Miles and company on Bitches Brew, but has its precedent reaching back into the Big Band “head” arrangements of Count Basie and many others, using backgrounds for soloists that could be called on cue – only in this instance, the bass and drums function independently, providing a stream for the other elements to float upon.