Big band - Medium to difficult
Arranged by James Miley. Score and parts. Published by Walrus Music Publishing (WA.51600).
Item Number: WA.51600
The chart that won James the prestigious IAJE/Gil Evans Fellowship, "Darkness" is a straight 8 cut-time funk extravanganza with extended solo space for tenor, drums, guitar/pano, and trumpet. The piece moves from cut-time funk to open-ended weather report-esque (think Jaco) solo sections, a drum feature supported by wildly angular unison rhythm lines, a laid-back guitar/piano solo for a bit of a breather, and finally conclueds with an unexpected swing/metal romp to the end. Requires a sophisticated rhythm section, a strong guitarist with a love of melody and a knack for power chords, and advanced soloists all around. Alto 1 doubles soprano. 5,4,4,G,P,B,D.