This piece was influenced by the bélé rhythms found in Martinique. The
heavily syncopated 3/4 groove is accented by the accompanying pans and
bass throughout the verse. The chorus continues the displacement of the
groove accents while transforming into a swung 4-beat pattern. The verse
is then repeated with the melody added to the bass part (on top of the
original groove—good luck bass players!) and harmonized in the lead part.
After a return to the chorus, the song transitions into a “2nd chapter” with a
solo section and key-changing bridge.
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Composer: Dave Longfellow
Genre: Jazz & Latin / Solo & Chamber
Instrumentation: DS, DT, G, EB, Drums
DS: E4 – F#5
DT: G#3 – G#4
G: E3 – E4
EB: G2 – C#4