New Tango No. 1: Movement

from by Roger Aldridge

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Inspired by the tango, New Tango No. 1 is an abstract piece invoking dance movement as well as exploring movement in and out of time in the music.

The soloist's part is entirely improvised. The rhythm section goes between time and free-time. The soloist cues the rhythm section on when to make time and harmonic changes. The background ensemble is in free-time with each note conducted. During solos the background ensemble can improvise interactions with the soloist. This piece is highly dependent upon the soloist and ensemble to bring the music to life and take the audience on a journey.

Space and understatement are important features of this music. The open, floating free-time melody and the space between its phrases enable the rhythm section to have a prominent role in playing layers of lines, textures, and colors.

One of my essential concepts in this piece is for the ensemble to have the sound of a tango band (as closely as possible); however, the music has a great amount of freedom.


from Tangos, released July 28, 2019
Roger Aldridge, composer
Jason Shapiro, alto saxophone
Jeff Knoettner, keyboards
E. Shawn Qaissaunee, guitar
Peter McCarthy, bass
Skip Rohrich, drums


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Roger Aldridge Olney, Maryland

Roger Aldridge is primarily a jazz composer. A wide range of styles are found in his music along with a quirky sense of humor and a lyrical expression. The recordings were made by live musicians playing his written music.

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