This driving swing melody in a 3/4 time evokes the heady 1960’s nightlife in Soho, London. An era of gambling, gangsters and smokey jazz clubs. The tune relies on a smooth melodic line, with a supportive backing from the rest of the quartet. The bari sax lays down the walking bass, while the tenor and alto II relentlessly drive the swing pulse of the tune, but always supportive of the 1st Alto’s/Soprano sax, who are dealing out the melody like an expert croupier. An improv section (written for Alto/Soprano and Bari sax) affords the soloists the chance to cut loose and reach for their inner minor pentatonic/blues groove. For those less comfortable with improvising there are two different written out solos.
Instrumentation: S/AATB. A full quartet demo is included in the purchase.
A quartet-minus-one (for every instrument) audio download can be purchased separately.
‘Wrap Around Straight’ is written for a mixed ability quartet, approximately grade 3 – 5/6 but of course the improve section can include players of any level.