Niemeyer - Duneden for Jazz Trombone Quintet and Rhythm Section
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Duneden is a lush and sentimental ballad written in remembrance of the composer’s father. With dramatic dynamic and orchestrational contrasts, the piece incorporates elements from both the jazz and classical realms and features a unique harmonic reinterpretation of John Coltrane’s Giant Steps.
The composition begins with a melancholy piano solo which builds to an initial climax as the full ensemble enters. This introduction gives way to a haunting acapella trombone chorale with both intricate harmonies and counterpoint. The mood immediately brightens as the rhythm section enters and the piece then provides brief improvisational space for guitar, trombone, and piano. Following a majestic recapitulation of the melody, the composition concludes with an optimistic reimagining of the opening piano solo.
Duneden contributed to the University of Illinois Jazz Trombone Ensemble winning both the National Jazz Trombone Ensemble and the International Trombone Association Kai Winding Competitions in 2017.
Listen to Frank Niemeyer's work on the track below from a live performance at the 2017 ITF at Redlands California by the University of Illinois Jazz Trombone Ensemble with Rhythm Section, Director - Jim Pugh