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Recordings of composing and trombone playing by David Wilken

Blackhawk Blues – A demo recording of this jazz ensemble composition for beginning jazz students (middle school or young high school level). All the brass and piano parts are played by me, the saxophones by Frank Southecorvo, bass by Michael Gamble, and drums by Justin Watt.

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Golden Triangle Overture – My demo of a trombone octet composed for the Mississippi State University Trombone Choir. All parts are performed on tenor trombone, although this piece calls for two bass trombones and an alto trombone.

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Leaving – A demo recording of my big band composition, I also play the trombone solo on this.  For this composition I wanted to evoke the bittersweet feeling of leaving one place in your life and moving on to something different.

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Snipe Hunt – Another demo of another big band composition, I am playing the trombone solo on this one too.  This tune is very loosely based on Wayne Shorter’s Witch Hunt, but puts it into a dominant/mixolydian mode rather than Shorter’s minor key.

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A Kneezy Waltz – As the above ones, from a demo recording of my big band composing and trombone playing.  I composed this one while recovering from knee surgery, hence the strange (and not too accurate) title.

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Danza de la Verde – Another demo of my big band composing and trombone playing.  I enjoy playing Latin American music styles and incorporate both a cha cha feel and tango feel in this one.

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Almost Every Monday – Also a demo recording.  This Basie style composition borrows it’s form from Frank Foster’s great arrangement of In A Mellow Tone.

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Angels We Have Heard On High – Recorded by the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra on their Christmas Sampler album, this is my calypso style arrangement of this classic Christmas song.

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Cohibas – An Afro-Cuban flavored composition of mine recorded by the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra on their album Cook the Books

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Li’l Lady – I wrote this composition loosely based on the melody and style of Li’l Darlin’ and on the chord changes to Lady Bird.  This recording is from the album Cook the Books by the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra. 

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What Am I Sayin’?! – Dedicated to one of my mentors, Larry McWilliams from Ball State University, this composition is a modified blues in the style of Thad Jones.  This recording is by the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra from their album The Test of Time. 

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Mood Indigo for unaccompanied trombone.  I recorded this to demonstrate multiphonics.  You can read this post to see the context for this particular recording, and view the arrangement here.

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Sontatina for Brass Quintet.  This is the premier performance by the student group I composed it for, the UNCA Brass Quintet.  I did something a little different while composing this piece and saved multiple stages of it to chart out my composition process.

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T. Rex for Trombone and Tape.  This is my live performance of all four movements of this composition by Mark Phillips.

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Sonata (vox Gabrieli).  Composed by Stjepan Sulek, this is one of my live performances of this piece for trombone and piano.

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