(Level V) As recorded by the Mike Vax Jazz Orchestra on the CD, BIGBANDJAZZ.NET (Summit Records DCD 329). Jazz-rock reminiscent of Bitch's Brew. The main melody snakes its way chromatically around an extended C7 tonality, supported by a grooving bass line and multiple ostinati. The bridge section is a modal fugue, which meanders through a series of remote keys. After an extended soprano solo, the bass clarinet (or bari) provides an ad lib obligato as the band builds through a series of varied statements of the melody, leading to a big climax. Lots of intriguing textures, featuring flute, piccolo (opt.), clarinet, bass clarinet (opt.), soprano and f?ēgel doublings. Electric piano and bass recommended. 9 Brass
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ROLF JOHNSON received his training from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, after which he did a stint in the NORAD Commanders jazz orchestra, where he served as staff arranger, as well as playing the jazz trumpet chair. He also served as Composer in Residence, as well as guest conductor and trumpeter, with the Colorado Springs Chamber Music Society. Since then, he has moved to the San Francisco area, where he remains active in the jazz, Latin, and world music scenes.