“CROSSROAD”   is the name of this new piece for piano and C-Trumpet.  I have never composed anything in Jazz style, and this is my first attempt. It was great fun to “play” (LOL) with dissonant chords. I am looking forward to your comments. 

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  • Very nice. I especially like the passage around 2:20. Bill Evans!!

  • This was a very enjoyable listen.  I too liked the piano break as Michael mentioned, but would have loved to hear the trumpet player have the chance to expand further.

    Tim

     

  • Nice music but you mention this is a jazz piece, One does expect some improvisation and that did not happen. But, I did really enjoy it. Peace!

  • Michael:

    Tthanks a lot for your nice comments. I think that I must have subconsciously been influenced by Bill Evans. As an old-timer I still remember his concerts with Miles Davis,like if it was yesterday. The atmosphere and the mood were unbelievable. It was like being  in another world.

    Tim:

    Indeed, the trumpet part could have been expanded a bit, but on the other hand, I don´t know if it would lead to an improvement. It could change the mood and the overall balance of the piece and it would then be necessary to change the piano part. It is probably easier to compose (or should I say improvise) a new piece.

     

    Gifrants:

    Well, the fact is that I improvised quite a lot in this piece. For example, I played the mid section  ( between 2.00 and 2.35) only once on my keyboard and recorded it  straight into the computer, and I have not made any changes  in the final version.

     

     

  • Ray, thanks a lot for your valuable comments!

    I agree with your description. It is a bit ”constructed” Jazz. The mid piano section is actually the only really improvised part.  But it is my first attempt in a new direction. My basic comfort zone is more like playing Beethoven sonatas.  But it was great fun!

    I´d love to test the Flugelhorn, but unfortunately I don´t have this instrument in my library, but I will get it at some stage. I am not sure about your suggestion of the trumpet not playing on the first beat. I will have to test it and think about it.

    Also, I have been reconsidering the comments from Tim and Gifrants. In fact, I think it could be nice to expand the section of the piano solo with some improvised variations of the basic theme, including some more work for the trumpet. I don´t know if I can manage this, but it would be exciting to see how professional Jazz musicians would deal with it.



    Raymond Kemp said:

    I like the piece but the feel is one of straightjacket jazz to me except when piano takes the lead.

    I picture André Previn sneaking out of the concert hall to a local club but security follow him and he's soon back where he belongs :-)

    I'd like the trumpet to be a Flugelhorn and not play on the 1st beat of the bar.

    But hey! it's your work what does a hack like me know.

    Thanks for sharing.

    -Ray

    Jazz piece for piano and C-trumpet
    “CROSSROAD”   is the name of this new piece for piano and C-Trumpet.  I have never composed anything in Jazz style, and this is my first attempt. It…
  • If you ever want to write this for a live player I would change the C trumpet to a Bb trumpet for jazz music.

  • Thanks a lot for this suggestion Rodney. I was unaware of that jazz musicians prefer the Bb trumpet, and I will correct this. I assume that an  average Bb trumpet player can reach the high C (which is the highest pitch in the piece) without too much of an effort .  The score of the piece is a mess at the moment ( since Sibelius makes a horrible notation of a life input). But I can make it legible, and change the trumpet part to Bb.  
     
    Rodney Carlyle Money said:

    If you ever want to write this for a live player I would change the C trumpet to a Bb trumpet for jazz music.

    Jazz piece for piano and C-trumpet
    “CROSSROAD”   is the name of this new piece for piano and C-Trumpet.  I have never composed anything in Jazz style, and this is my first attempt. It…
  • I've played lead in several jazz ensembles in my life and we've always used Bb's. If I brought a C trumpet in I would get some strange looks, hehe. If you are talking about a C trumpet's high C, then a high C on a Bb is a high D which the average player could not play. You could though drop the entire piece down a major 2nd then the Bb trumpet would only have to reach their high C. Then even a very good high school player could perform the piece. (I can play you a high E as soon as I wake up in the morning. The highest note that I ever improvised in performance was a high F. The highest note written I've ever seen was a dubba G in ensemble jazz and marching band writing and the highest note I've ever played in public was a dubba B. But I would not typically recommend this range in typical writing.)

    ~Rod  
     
    Johan Roeraade said:

    Thanks a lot for this suggestion Rodney. I was unaware of that jazz musicians prefer the Bb trumpet, and I will correct this. I assume that an  average Bb trumpet player can reach the high C (which is the highest pitch in the piece) without too much of an effort .  The score of the piece is a mess at the moment ( since Sibelius makes a horrible notation of a life input). But I can make it legible, and change the trumpet part to Bb.  
     
    Rodney Carlyle Money said:

    If you ever want to write this for a live player I would change the C trumpet to a Bb trumpet for jazz music.

    Jazz piece for piano and C-trumpet
    “CROSSROAD”   is the name of this new piece for piano and C-Trumpet.  I have never composed anything in Jazz style, and this is my first attempt. It…
  • Thanks for your advice Rod. It would of course be easy to lower the piece by a major second. I made a quick try on the piano, but for my ears, the result was disappointing. Going from the current key ( D-minor) to C-minor sounded (what shall I say) -simply wrong!  I cannot explain why. But I am very sensitive to pitch, and choosing a particular key is a major issue for me.   But I could do the following: I prepare three scores. The first one is the original in D-minor ( with the high C for the C-trumpet) . Then a second one also in D-minor, but with a Bb trumpet part ( obviously then with a high D), and finally a C-minor version for the Bb trumpet. It would still be very attractive for me if I could find an average trumpet player, who would be interested to play the piece, even if it is the C-minor version.

    I really appreciate your inputs.

    Regards

    Johan   
     
    Rodney Carlyle Money said:

    I've played lead in several jazz ensembles in my life and we've always used Bb's. If I brought a C trumpet in I would get some strange looks, hehe. If you are talking about a C trumpet's high C, then a high C on a Bb is a high D which the average player could not play. You could though drop the entire piece down a major 2nd then the Bb trumpet would only have to reach their high C. Then even a very good high school player could perform the piece. (I can play you a high E as soon as I wake up in the morning. The highest note that I ever improvised in performance was a high F. The highest note written I've ever seen was a dubba G in ensemble jazz and marching band writing and the highest note I've ever played in public was a dubba B. But I would not typically recommend this range in typical writing.)

    ~Rod  
     
    Johan Roeraade said:

    Thanks a lot for this suggestion Rodney. I was unaware of that jazz musicians prefer the Bb trumpet, and I will correct this. I assume that an  average Bb trumpet player can reach the high C (which is the highest pitch in the piece) without too much of an effort .  The score of the piece is a mess at the moment ( since Sibelius makes a horrible notation of a life input). But I can make it legible, and change the trumpet part to Bb.  
     
    Rodney Carlyle Money said:

    If you ever want to write this for a live player I would change the C trumpet to a Bb trumpet for jazz music.

    Jazz piece for piano and C-trumpet
    “CROSSROAD”   is the name of this new piece for piano and C-Trumpet.  I have never composed anything in Jazz style, and this is my first attempt. It…
  • Johan, I am brand new here and listened to your work.  Nice melody, seems to have a little Spanish flavor to it.  Depending on what version of Sibelius you are using, you might want to see if there is a "Mariachi" trumpet listed.  As a former trumpet player (Bb), I like the sound of that one the best.  If you want to hear it, I just posted a Symphonic Orchestra composition with solo Bb trumpet called El Matador Mas Grande. It is the longest composition I have done (9:40) and does incorporate some jazz solos for trumpet, trombone, piano and marimba.  Have a listen and let me know what you think.

    Best wishes,

    Gene

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