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Leaves of Grass

for jazz ensemble

  ·  Duration:  22m

Duration:  22m

Composer:   Jake Baxendale

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Jake Baxendale: Drum Taps (...

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Jake Baxendale: I. Opening ...

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Jake Baxendale: II. A Chant...

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Jake Baxendale: III. I Sing...

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Named for the poetry of Walt Whitman, this work expresses the humanist and egalitarian ideals of the great poet, integrating a range of musical influences from the American continent, from pastoralism to free jazz to the blues. There is a songlike sense of wonder on 'Opening' which features a fluid soprano saxophone, aptly supported by a rich ensemble chorale. 'A Chants of Paints and Joys' opens with a plaintive alto saxophone over a melancholy brass wail, eventually accelerating into a bittersweet, dance-like theme. Drums herald the transition to 'I Sing the Body Electric', an unabashedly celebratory down-home bluesy piece. The sense throughout Leaves of Grass is of an earthy reflection upon nature, community, and the ups-and-downs of life.

Contents note

I. Opening
II. A Chant of Pains and Joys
Drums Taps
III: I Sing the Body Electric