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Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra: 27 EAST

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WERE YOU AT THE IAJE CONFERENCE IN 1998? If you were, read on... This is a selection inspired by the absurd experience of having fallen asleep in the front row of The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band's performance at the 1998 IAJE Conference at the Mariott Marquis in NYC, whereby Director, Jon Faddis, in seeking to make sport of this incident, instructed 3,000 audience members to holler "Wake Up!" at me...which ultimately had no effect upon my slumber. I found out later that FRIENDS of mine in the band such as Dick Oatts, Ralph Lalama, Gary Smulyan and Earl Gardner were taking gentlemen's bets on whether or not I would actually wake up. While you will indeed hear my primary melody first, clearly Brahms has supplied the secondary melody for my altered lyrics, juxtaposed.

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Lullaby, and goodnight. Go to sleep, pretty baby. Close your eyes and in time you're dreamin' for the night. Go to sleep... Lullaby, and goodnight, sleep, dream... WWWWWWAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you believe she's really asleep? Gotta wake up, wake her up!
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Sitting on a rock at the foot of the Montauk Lighthouse brought this melody forth on a chilly, overcast day in February. Its orchestration depicts the regularity of the lighthouse's revolving arms of light, welcoming, beckoning and warning travelers by land and sea. As it stands silently, mysteriously, majestically it observes and averts peril. It endures ever changing tides, weather and the erosion of its own footing. Yet it remains seemingly unaffected by the sensuous spray and the violent clashing of the sea. Greg Gisbert's soaring trumpet glistens through the fog and mist of this feature written for him. On an historical note, The Montauk Lighthouse was commissioned by George Washington. It originally stood 200 yards from the bluff's edge. Erosion is responsible for having altered that measurement by 100 yards, as it remains today.
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On November 10, 1998, my nephew, Alexander Theodore Brown, was born. Due to some silliness in trying to make him laugh, the nickname "Woody" came about and it has stuck, so now we call him Woody Brown! BUT...this was composed because of being deeply moved at the birth of this beautiful little baby who wouldn't go to sleep. Now Woody and I like to go to the beach together, and he seems to still fall asleep by the end of this piece as we're driving in the car with the windows open. Upon having composed this its original demo was done in my living room with long-time friend, Tony Kadleck on flugelhorn and myself at the piano. This three minute basic version was a favorite of Woody's and "Nana's" (my mom) for a long time and indeed was the track which put Woody to sleep when he was younger. Woody has since become an expert on sea life.

Lyrics

Sleep, oh precious and weary baby

Dream of a warm island breeze,

Oceans of blue, birds flying ‘round you,

The fragrance of flowers in bloom.

 

Now sleep, oh precious and weary baby,

Dream of a snowman in green,

All the while night lanterns burn bright through

The stillness and quiet for you.

 

 

Christmas trees, seashells, airplanes,

Moonbeams, frogs and trains,

Call to you, “Come along and play ‘til the light”

 

Sleep, oh precious and weary baby,

Dream as the moon drifts away,

Now as it comes, wonderous slumber

Will whisk you away to a magic adventure, so dream.

 

 

Anita Brown Publishing, BMI ©1998

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This impression of Montauk's tidal shifts begins with a peaceful walk on the beach at low tide. Later, a metric shift signals the incoming high tide along with an ominous trombone dialogue between Jeff Nelson and Mike Christianson, signalling the treacherous developing undertow. Lee Finkelstein leads the band masterfully through the transition to "high tide," slamming into an uncompromising half-time shuffle. In its final segment, the twisted melody returns in this funky groove a la Tower of Power, treated in a harmonic language inspired by the practices of Igor Stravinsky. The clip provided on this site is the end of the piece; a nearly 13.5 minute triptych. The clip at www.cdbaby.com/abjo provides its first two mnutes.
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We hear lead trombonist, Mark Patterson playing a beautiful solo on this track. It seemed to ask to be a trombone feature as this ballad was inspired by a trombone player I knew some years ago.

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Lyrics available for performance with alto vocalist.
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An unusual, driving, odd-metered groove which seeks to convey senses of despondency, grief and contempt through unpredicatable development. Thankfully, time heals all wounds.
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This piece initially took its inspiration from the feelings of freedom, serenity and joy conjured in anticipation of arrival at the ocean beaches along Route 27 EAST on Long Island, NY. The melody was composed while sitting on the beach in Montauk, NY. Its orchestration is a result of careful observation of the irregular movement of the sea within its overall regularity. The various ways in which a wave crests and breaks or doesn't, have played a strong role in my choices of line shape and orchestral color. Along with its majesty, powers of cleansing and rejuvination, the sea will continue to draw me to "The End" of 27 EAST.