(Level IV) The Split is a lyrical, Canadian east coast sounding composition written by Canada's premier tenor saxophonist, Mike Murley. It features bass and tenor saxophone. There is lots of elbowroom for the rhythm section to play loose, a la Elvin Jones, underneath the soloists. This piece is unique in that it doesn't sound like a big band composition but rather as a trio which is complemented by the rest of the band. Tenor 1 doubles on soprano saxophone. The trumpet range is a written high D with higher notes which are optional. This was originally recorded by the Maritime Jazz Orchestra on Who Are You, which featured Kenny Wheeler. (7 Brass, with optional bass trombone, and optional guitar or piano part)
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STEVE HAINES (bass) is currently the Director of the Miles Davis Program in Jazz Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has performed with players such as Joe Williams, Gene Smith, Mike Murley, Mark Levine, Bruce Forman, Richard Stolzman and Byron Stripling; and supported clinciains such as Tim Hagans, Fred Hersch, Lou Marini, Jim McNeely, Mike Stern, Mulgrew Miller and Kenny Garrett. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from St. Francis Xavier University in Canada and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. He has directed UNT's Three O'Clock Lab Band and was a member of the One O'Clock Lab Band with whom he traveled internationally. Haines' music for large and small jazz ensembles is published at the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Press and has been broadcast on the Canadian Broadcasting Cooperation's national radio shows Jazz Beat and All the Best. He has served internationally as a clinician and as an adjudicator for large and small jazz ensembles at numerous high schools, colleges and universities. At UNCG, he is the Director of the annual UNCG All-State High School Jazz Band. Most recently, Steve has recorded a compact disc entitled Beginner's Mind with his quintet, to be released on Artist's House. This past summer, he orchestrated and arranged a musical entitled Ella: The Life and Music of Ella Fitzgerald.