Orchestration #9 – Trios A

It is quite common in ensemble jazz music to harmonize a melody or backing chords in 3-part harmony. In this post I have picked out some of these moments in Gil's music. I'll be discussing different instrumental combinations and how they have been orchestrated to sound interesting and stand out from any backgrounds. Trumpet (flugelhorn), … Continue reading Orchestration #9 – Trios A


Orchestration #8B – Moon Dreams

This will be the final post concerning the opening of Moon Dreams. This post will look more closely at the the specific voicings and orchestration that Gil has utilized in the first few phrases of this classic arrangement. Bars 1-4 The general outlay of the voicings was discussed in the previous post. As can be … Continue reading Orchestration #8B – Moon Dreams

Orchestration #8A – Moon Dreams

Continuing on with the Moon Dreams analysis, the next two posts will be looking at the orchestration of the opening of Moons Dreams. This post will focus on voicing, density and other general characteristics. General Observations Instrumentation: Reeds: Alto & baritone Sax Brass: French Horn, trumpet, trombone & tuba Rhythm Section: Bass & drums Note … Continue reading Orchestration #8A – Moon Dreams

Re-composition #5 – My Man’s Gone Now D

The next two posts will continue the comparative analysis of My Man's Gone Now. These will focus on the harmonic differences between the original and the arrangement. I will just select a few phrases that outline most of the important differences between the two. I have transposed the examples from Gil's arrangements up a tone … Continue reading Re-composition #5 – My Man’s Gone Now D