Shades of Grey (2013)

shades of grey first page photoMany Shades of Grey is a quasi Latin modal composition that seeks to explore half steps and leaps for chromatic and colorful effect. Click on the score for a larger view.
shades of grey chromatic theme
Further exploration of color, or shades of grey, occur on the repeat of the first solo section. I have the soloist anticipate chord changes one and sometimes two bars ahead of time while the rhythm section stays with chord of the moment.  Changes for jumping are marked in [   ].  With the brackets, the soloist will know to avoid using them on the first time and the rhythm section will know when the jump has occurred on the repeat.   The harmonic tension between the soloist and the band are resolved at each point the band catches up with the soloist. Resolution is brief, as the soloist will soon start to anticipate once again the next  chord change or mode.
Somewhere in the late 80’s – early 90’s I had a chance to hear the Either Orchestra in Cleveland Ohio at the Tri-C Jazz Festival.  I was surprised by the cross rhythms achieved by the trumpet, trombone, sax and the rhythm section. I was amazed that a band with just half the horns of a big band could sound so big. In the following score segment the passing of the lead line amongst the various horns is done for colorful effect. The textural growth from this additive approach with its shifting perspectives is also an attempt at creating the illusion of a much larger ensemble achieved by counterpoint of melodic lines.
Passing Lead in Shades of grey
Al Pearson featured soloist on Shades of Grey

Al Pearson featured soloist on Shades of Grey