Posts filed under ‘jazz fusion’

Flag Day

“Flag Day” is an original, smooth jazz composition.

June 15, 2017 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment

Two More Days

“Two More Days” is an original smooth-jazz track.

June 7, 2017 at 5:31 pm 1 comment

Testing the Water

“Testing the Water” is an original jazz-funk/smooth jazz tune.


June 5, 2017 at 6:51 pm 2 comments

Big Hairy Year

“Big Hairy Year” is an original jazz/rock/funk/fusion composition.

I decided on the this title because 2017 is a major milestone year for me in a number of ways:

1. My wife and I both turn 65
2. It is the 100th anniversary of my father’s birth
3. I am retiring this year
4. I got my first black belt in Karate 10 years ago ( I am now a 4th degree master)
5. My father passed away 15 years ago
6. My mother passed away 10 years ago

June 4, 2017 at 5:08 pm Leave a comment

Funk Fugue

“Funk Fugue” is an original jazz/rock fusion composition.

It really is a traditional fugue with its form and construction based on J.S. Bach. It opens with a solo presentation of the fugue subject in the tonic key of G. This is followed by the subject in the dominant key of D, accompanied by a counter-subject. The exposition concludes with a return to the tonic, again with the counter subject.

A brief development section follows: a sequence built from the first half of the fugue subject & counter subject.

The next appearance of the fugue subject (again with counter subject) is in the relative minor (Em), followed by another sequence built from the first half of the fugue subject & counter subject, this time starting in the subdominant minor.

The next section begins in the dominant key of D, and the fugue subject appears (without counter subject). Halfway through, the fugue subject appears in another voice, forming a “stretto” — or overlapping of the fugue subject with itself. This continues for two more statements of the fugue subject.

Another development section follows: again a sequence built from the first half of the fugue subject & counter subject.

The fugue concludes with a statement of the subject — with counter subject — in the tonic.

May 25, 2017 at 6:37 pm 1 comment

Blues Mantra

“Blues Mantra” is an original jazz/rock fusion tune. A few years ago, jazz/rock fusion was the genre where I spent almost all of my time. My surf-rock & oldies projects kind of took over more recently. Today, the urge to revisit the jazz/rock thing was very strong. Never one to ignore such urges, this composition and recording emerged in just a couple of hours.

It’s basically a fairly traditional minor key 12-bar blues, but this might not be apparent at first given the feel and some of the harmonic extensions.


May 24, 2017 at 6:22 pm Leave a comment

Moving On

“Moving On” is an original composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with more a sophisticated musical and harmonic language than was typical for that style. Another way to describe it might be surf-rock/smooth-jazz fusion. 😉

April 21, 2017 at 3:06 pm Leave a comment

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