Analysis Of Temple College Jazz Combo

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Temple College Jazz Combo
I attended a Brown Bag Event featuring the Temple College Jazz Combo, on November 29, 2016 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM. The recital took place at the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center in the Jackson-Graeter Backstage Theatre. The combo consisted of four members of the Temple College Jazz Ensemble, who “weren’t getting enough jazz” so the smaller group was put together, per their director, Dr. Benjamin Irom. The quartet is comprised of Jacob Armstrong from Belton on guitar, Ray Palousek from Holland on piano, Blaine Smith from Temple on the double bass, and Charles Reid III from Harker Heights on the drums (Temple College Jazz, 2016). This group is unusual in that it is made up of instruments from just the rhythm
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In “A Night in Tunisia” I could pick up on the “different rhythms sound[ing] simultaneously” and because of the combining of instruments with dissimilar timbers, I could recognize the different instrument groups. The textbook also states the jazz composers “expect interpreters of their works to include improvisation in each performance” (Ferris & Worster, 2014). When I saw Dizzy Gillespie’s name on the program I was expecting classic jazz, but “A Night in Tunisia” was played using a beat that combined Latin and Swing. I wonder if the beat used was written in by Gillespie or improvised.
The instruments played in “A Night in Tunisia” by Dizzy Gillespie were electric keyboard, electric guitar, electric double bass and drums. The dynamics of the piece were moderately loud (mezzo-forte). The tune was played at a fast, upbeat (allegro) tempo, using a homophonic harmony. The melody line was played by the pianist; although the melody line was not constant, it reminded me of a repeating theme. I prefer this song played the way Dizzy Gillespie performed
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The drummer used brushes to change the sound. The dynamics of the song were moderately loud (mezzo-forte). The piece was played at a moderate (moderato) tempo, using a homophonic harmony. The melody line was played by the pianist on this tune as well; this time the melody was discernible throughout the number. The drummer started and ended with the brushes, changing to the drumsticks in the middle.
“Boplicity” by Miles Davis & Gil Evans was performed on the piano, electric guitar, electric double bass and drums. The dynamics of the number were moderately loud (mezzo-forte). The piece was played at a very fast (pesto) tempo, using a homophonic harmony. Once again the melody line was played by the pianist. Blaine Smith described this composition as “an endurance piece”. The group did well keeping up with the tempo and not leaving anyone

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