Fort Worth Funk

Fort Worth Funk was written to provide a light-hearted, engaging selection for Saxophone Quartet. It begins with a dramatic statement from the Baritone Saxophone, who lays down the opening groove. The other members of the quartet enter one at a time, while the composition builds to a virtuostic moment for the full quartet. The staggered entrances also provide an opportunity to stage theatrics as well.

Appropriate rhythms and articulations are meticulously notated to help players achieve an authentic “funk” style in their performance. The piece is loosely based on the chord changes to the jazz standard “Well You Needn’t”, which appears briefly in swing style at the end of the piece. Chord changes and written solos are provided during the improvised sections, to bring the piece within the grasp of a wide spectrum of players.

Notes by Thomas Bough

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