Medium But Well Done, Groenewald Edition

Oliver Groenewald

Five years ago, I started what I intended to be a series of Rifftides pieces about little big bands. This was the rationale: Six to eleven pieces allow arrangers freedom that the conventions and sheer size of sixteen-piece bands tend to limit. Medium-sized groups have been important since the beginnings of jazz. For reasons I don’t remember—sloth, possibly—the series stopped after this installment and this one. A new ten-piece band has reignited the idea. The tentet’s … [Read more...]