Jazz Compositions and Arrangements

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JAZZ COMPOSITIONS

Deeper Journey - This is a collection of new DBT compositions, featuring Joel Frahm, saxophones (1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 11); John Swana, EVI (1, 3, 8, 10); David Bennett Thomas, piano (all tracks); Vic Juris, guitar (all tracks); Micah Jones, bass (all tracks); Erik Johnson, drums (all tracks except 4); Robert Frazier, French horn (2, 4, 6); Jeffrey Solow, cello (2, 4); Jarred Antonacci, trombone (6). CD available soon!

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1. Coasting Home

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2. Come To The Waters

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3. Wandering Song

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4. First Frost

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5. All The Days

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6. Abraham and Isaac

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7. Hope

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8. Elevator Etiquette

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9. One Horse Town

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10. Deeper Journey

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11. How Lonely Sits The City (watch an analysis video of this tune)

Headspace - This collection features DBT as composer/pianist, with Joel Frahm, saxophones (1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 11);
John Swana, EVI (1, 2, 6, 9, 11); Matt Davis, guitar (all tracks except 4); Micah Jones, bass (all tracks except 8); and
Erik Johnson, drums (all tracks except 3, 8, 10). Available on the CD Headspace.

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1. Don't Be A Stranger

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2. Two If By Sea

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3. New Ev'ry Morning

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4. Christina's World 1948

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5. Tides

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6. Learn How To Dance (watch the Frahm/Swana transcription video)

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7. Headspace

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8. Never Will I Leave You

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9. Moxie

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10. Pale Sky

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11. Driving Home Music

Jazz Portrait - This jazz suite is inspired by lines from James Joyce's novel, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and performed here by DBT on piano and percussion, with John Swana, EVI (1, 2, 6, 7, 9); Ron Kerber, saxophones (all tracks except 4); Kevin Hanson, guitar (all tracks); Micah Jones, bass (all tracks); Erik Johnson (all tracks), drums; and Arturo Stable, percussion (1, 2, 7). Available on the CD Jazz Portrait.

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1. Wave Of Light - "Glimmering and trembling, trembling and unfolding, a breaking light, an opening flower, it spread in endless succession to itself, breaking in full crimson, and unfolding and fading to palest rose, leaf by leaf and wave of light by wave of light, flooding all the heavens with its soft flushes, every flush deeper than other."
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2. Seaborne - "Disheartened, he raised his eyes towards the slowdrifting clouds, dappled and seaborne They were voyaging across the deserts of the sky, a host of nomads on the march, voyaging high over Ireland, westward bound."

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3. Nasty Roche - "Rody Kickham was a decent fellow, but Nasty Roche was a stink."
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4. Fleece of Clouds - Melody: Benedictus Domino, School of Notre Dame c. 1175 "The phrase and the day and the scene harmonised in a chord.  Words.  Was it their colours?  He allowed them to glow and fade, hue after hue: sunrise gold, the russet and green of apple orchards, azure of waves, the grey-fringed fleece of clouds."
Watch the "photo album" video

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5. His Heart Danced - "His heart danced upon her movements like a cork upon a tide."
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6. Distant Pools - "He climbed to the crest of the sandhill and gazed about him.  Evening had fallen.  A rim of the young moon cleft the pale waste of sky like the rim of a silver hoop embedded in grey sand; and the tide was flowing in fast to the land with a low whisper of her waves, islanding a few last figures in distant pools."

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7. The Colour The Sea Was At Night - "The corridors were darkly lit and the chapel was darkly lit.  Soon all would be dark and sleeping.  There was cold night air in the chapel and the marbles were the colour the sea was at night. The sea was cold day and night:  but it was colder at night."
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8. Dieu - Melody: Benedictus Domino, School of Notre Dame c. 1175 "Dieu was French for God and that was God's name too; and when anyone prayed to God and said Dieu then God knew at once that it was a French person that was praying."
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9. Music Leaping - "It seemed to him that he heard notes of fitful music leaping upwards a tone and downwards a diminished fourth, upwards a tone and downwards a major third, like triple-branching flames leaping fitfully, flame after flame, out of a midnight wood."
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10. The Dying Day - "The sad quiet greyblue glow of the dying day came through the window and the open door, covering over and allaying quietly a sudden instinct of remorse in Stephen's heart."
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I Dream A World - a setting of poems by Langston Hughes, in memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. For soprano voice, tenor voice, ten-piece jazz ensemble (2008). Recorded audio sample performed by The Transfusion Ensemble; Ron Kerber, director.

Coasting Home - big band chart on an original tune

JAZZ ARRANGEMENTS

Deep, Deep Love This is a collection of arrangements of hymns and spirituals that feature DBT on piano (all tracks); Paul Jost: voice (tracks 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12); George Rabbai: trumpet (tracks 4, 9, 11); Micah Jones: bass (tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12); Larry Marshall: drums (tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12); Jason Fraticelli: bass (track 2), and cuatro (track 7); Paul Klinefelter: bass (track 7); Ron Kerber: flute, alto flute, clarinet (track 7); Brett Payne: guitar (track 7); and Robert Frazier: horn (track 7).

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1. At The River

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2. Be Still My Soul

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3. Wayfaring Stranger

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4. O The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

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5. Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing

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6. Amazing Grace

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7. My Jesus I Love Thee

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8. O Sacred Head Now Wounded

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9. Come Thou Almighty King

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10. All Creatures Of Our God And King

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11. Were You There

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12. Now Thank We All Our God

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13. Jesus Loves Me

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Eye Of The Hurricane - arrangement of Herbie Hancock's tune, for The University of the Arts Transfusion Ensemble (2008). Recorded audio sample performed by The Transfusion Ensemble; Ron Kerber, director.
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In A Silent Way - arrangement of Josef Zawinul's tune for The University of the Arts Transfusion Ensemble (2009).
Recorded audio sample performed by The Transfusion Ensemble, featuring AJ Luca (voice/piano); Ron Kerber, director.

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Moon Germs - arrangement of Joe Farrell's tune for The University of the Arts Transfusion Ensemble (2010).
Recorded audio sample performed by The University of the Arts Transfusion Ensemble; Ron Kerber, director.

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Bodhisattva - arrangement of the Steely Dan tune for The University of the Arts Transfusion Ensemble (2010).
Recorded audio sample performed by The University of the Arts Transfusion Ensemble; Erik Johnson, director.

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