Values by Neil Slater. Arranged by Neil Slater. For jazz ensemble (5-5-5-5). Jazz Masters series. Concert Jazz. Grade 5. Score and set of parts. Published by Sierra Music (S1.SMP-1094).
Neil Slater has created a marvelous composition. It can be heard on Lab '91, as recorded by the University of North Texas One O' Clock Lab Band. "Values" opens with a stirring, slow theme and then moves into a 6/8 section that evolves into a marvelous fugue for the wind sections. This leads into the improvised tenor saxophone solo (a bright 4/4). The full ensemble takes over for a while, leading to a return to 6/8 for a trumpet solo. The piece then returns to the slow, gorgeous ending. Neil is one of the world's most accomplished jazz ensemble composers. 5-5-5-5.