Minor Scene – Gene Roland
This minor composition is a real swinger. Originally written for octet, our lead sheets make the melody clear for any instrument.
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- Recording: Gene Roland - Jazzville, Volume 4
- Recorded on: August 20, 1959
- Label: Dawn (DLP 1122)
- Concert Key: B-flat minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Gene Roland, John Carisi
- Alto Sax - Dick Meldonian
- Tenor Sax - Paul Quinichette
- Trombone - Bob Swope
- Piano - Nat Pierce
- Bass - Dudley Watson
- Drums - Walter Nolan
- Arranger - Gene Roland
Don Sickler: "I was invited to play in a new band Gene was putting together in NYC in the 1970s. It was a short-lived project. I can't remember the exact instrumentation of the band. It could have been an octet, but I think there were a couple more horns. Anyway, Gene had just a few arrangements for this new horn configuration. I remember he said he liked the blend of the instruments. After the first rehearsal, he called another rehearsal for the next week. When we arrived the following week I was floored when he produced over 15 more arrangements for the same instrumentation. He'd not only arranged them, but he'd copied out all the parts. Obviously, he was a very prolific writer!"
September 15, 1921 – August 11, 1982
The only composer with the distinction of working for Stan Kenton for all four decades of Kenton’s band’s existence, Gene Roland was born in Dallas, Texas, and began studying the piano at age eleven. Over the course of his career, he mastered many instruments, from trombone to trumpet to mellophonium to drums, but his real success came through his talent as an arranger and composer. Read more...