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RACONTEUR (The Storyteller) - Bass & Drum Set

By Christopher Burnett

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Drum Set, Bass Guitar, Jazz Ensemble - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Christopher Burnett. Jazz, Big Band, Repertoire, Rock. Individual Part. 3 pages. Published by BurnettPublishing.COM (S0.322449).

Item Number: S0.322449

RACONTEUR (The Storyteller)

“A unique jazz-rock ballad for concerts and contests. Includes flute, flugelhorn and tuba players. Suitable for programming by both student and professional ensembles.”

RACONTEUR (The Storyteller) is a modern jazz-rock ballad composition written and arranged for a modified large jazz ensemble instrumentation. Parts for C Flute and Tuba are scored to add those unique timbres to the ensemble sound.

Rather than feature a single instrument, the melody is purposely distributed throughout the ensemble. However, the musical focal point of the piece is intended to be the featured improvisation solo space provided for Bb Tenor Saxophone 1. Since each improvisation is original and unique, the music should retain a newness with each performance. A theory sheet is also provided for less experienced improvisers to enhance soloist creativity within the intended harmonic context.

Scored for groups performing at the medium level (grade 2.5 - 3.0), the unique chord progression provides the soloist with myriad possibilities from which to construct improvisational melodies. Improvisation is a key element of jazz music. Thus, this improvised solo will also inherently impact the level and quality of the entire sound of each ensemble performance.

Brass ranges are purposely kept very reasonable. Piano part includes through-composed material along with written chord voicings. Bass & Drum Set Guide share the same part in an effort to encourage the two players to interact rhythmically to enhance the jazz-rock groove feel of the piece. Rhythm section parts are annotated with chord symbols. Mockup available.


Christopher Burnett (b. 1955) is a critically acclaimed alto saxophonist, educator, leader, and composer who began his professional career with military jazz bands “going pro” directly upon graduating high school at 18 years old. Over the course of a forty plus year career, Mr. Burnett has performed professionally around the world, recorded noteworthy albums as a leader, taught at the college-level and co-founded a significant independent recording label, Artists Recording Collective. A writer-affiliate and composer since 1984, Mr. Burnett has over 60 registered works in his Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) catalog. He is also the 1995 “Parade of American Music” 5-Star Award of Merit Winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs as a Composer. Current publications include “Major Tetrachords for Band – Mastering Scales – Part 1” (Sheet Music Plus/Hal Leonard), “Harmonic Minor Scale and Jazz – Applying jazz theory to the ii-V-i progression in any minor key” (Sheet Music Plus/Hal Leonard) and “Villages, BMI Work #25869956 – Jazz Ensemble Score and Parts Bundle” (Sheet Music Plus/Hal Leonard). See:

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