Recorded by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Arranged by Chris Crenshaw
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Cat #: JLC-5042DL


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Edition: Jazz Big Band Arrangement

Description: Swing - Difficult

Publisher: Jazz at Lincoln Center

I took the sounds of the South and tried to integrate them with Northern sounds, particularly because Bearden was born in North Carolina but became known in Harlem during the Renaissance. I tried to combine all of the ideas of his paintings and it ended up turning into a mini suite. I was thinking about Bearden's collages 'Three Guitarists,' 'The Block,' 'The Block II,' 'Reclining Nude,' 'Conjuring Woman,' and 'The Piano Lesson' when I composed this piece. The whole thing moves from a Southern church sound into different tonal centers that are more urban.

—Christopher Crenshaw, from Live in Cuba liner notes

Full Score
2 Alto Saxophones
2 Tenor Saxophones
Baritone Saxophone
4 Trumpets
3 Trombones
Trumpet 1: D6
Trombone 1: B4