“This Little Light Of Mine”, WDR Big Band, Cologne. This is from a late October 2016 concert of Orrin Evans co-starring with the WDR Big band, along with trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, recorded in Cologne, Germany. I rendered out and added to rough sketches of ideas from Orrin in time for his trip. The performance featured solos by Orrin, Ruud Breuls (Tp), and Johan Hörlen (As), as well as Ambrose. I also worked on several other original charts for this concert that needed additional orchestration and prep including "As We Fight", "Dreams of Manbhasnians", "Tough Love", and "Vartha".
"Music for Orchestra", by Eddie Palmieri. After much delay I've finally begun work on a commission to re-score this four-part suite for full orchestra. It features well known Palmieri selections such as "Displacement" and "Noble Cruise". Eddie has plans to record the suite and include it on special tour dates. More updates as things progress ...
"Monk Funk", and "Monk's Cha-Cha", by jazz pianist, Bill O'Connell. These are recent small group compositions of Bill's, the second found on his 2014 release, "Rhapsody in Blue", revamped for use in a 2016 collegiate concert featuring Bill, that I directed. The project involved further orchestration and formatting of his writing for large ensemble.
"Reflections", for the Moscow Jazz Orchestra, directed by jazz saxophonist and leader Igor Butman. I was asked to re-arrange Conrad Herwig's composition from his latest album into a large ensemble chart for the MJO's 2016 summer tour. It's contrasted from the original small horn chart as in a more lush, orchestral setting, and designed to feature either Tenor Sax (for Igor) or Trombone. Rutgers JE1 recently played it in concert with Conrad on lead, also featuring Alex Sipiagin, trumpet.
"King of the Mountain" and "Reflections" (title track) - "Conrad Herwig "Reflections", Criss Cross release, 2016. Conrad Herwig (Tb), Igor Butman (Ts), Alex Sipiagin (Tp / Flh), David Kikoski (P), Kenny Davis (B), Jeff 'Tain' Watts (D). This rendition of "Reflections" puts more of a modern-jazz twist to an otherwise latin tune. Conrad composed it ("Atardecar En Tigre") based on melodic ideas and influences from his mentor, Eddie Palmieri. A Salsa arrangement for Palmieri's use is in progress, as well.
"Gods of the Yoruba" - 'The Latin Side Of Horace Silver', Michel Camilo with Conrad Herwig & The Latin Side All-Stars, Blue Note Jazz Club NYC, recorded August 2014. This arrangement has since become a much requested favorite for Michel. It features a new sub-theme, horn-soli, ensemble breaks, montuno section, and lots of space for Michel to open up in 5/4.
Hiromi Uehara and Michel Camilo also performed a 4-hand piano rendition of this chart I created for the 13th Annual Tokyo Jazz Festival, September 2014. It was a last minute arranging request directly before his trip to Japan.
"Big O's Blues" (Herwig) - composed for Orrin Evans. This arrangement was premiered at the 2012 DC JazzFest featuring trumpeter Nicholas Payton, and heard regularly by Orrin Evans' own Captain Black Big Band.
"Something" (Harrison) - Brazilian jazz guitarist José Neto (Steve Winwood, Airto Moreira, Paquito D’Rivera) requested an arrangement of this tune to be featured in a recent "Beatles Brazil" concert by the Rutgers Jazz Ensemble I. I was also asked to arrange "Norwegian Wood" (Lennon/McCartney) for the performance.
"Anema E Cora" - A small sample of string quartet writing. My friend Steve Salerno asked me to arrange this string background for his new album and brought in an expert NYC quartet for the session. I also arranged "Where or When" as featured on the CD.