COMPOSITIONS

for BIG BAND

Not A Whisper!!!  

for Big Band (woodwind doubles)

Commissioned by the Eastman Jazz Ensemble

with Benny Golson.

Solos: tenor sax, piano.

Duration—12”

A “recomposition” of Benny Golson’s composition “Whisper Not.”   Although the melody of this standard is never literally stated, every musical idea is based directly on some element of the tune.  The piece deals with conversations throughout, sometimes several at once.  It also begins with a whisper, but ends with a shout. 

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Bucking for the Buck

for Big Band (woodwind doubles)

Commissioned by the Eastman

Jazz Ensemble.

Solos: tenor sax, guitar.

Duration—12”

This exciting, progressive showstopper combines contemporary harmonies, beautiful counterpoint, hip-hop grooves, swing figures, and a vamp in 7/4.

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Jigsaw 

for Big Band (woodwind doubles)

Alternate version for jazz sextet (tpt., a. sx., tbn., rhythm section).

Commissioned and recorded as the title track of a CD by the Purdue Jazz Ensemble. 

Solos: tenor sax, trombone or guitar, piano.

Duration—7”

This piece is like a puzzle to put together, with the body of the work in 13 (4+2+4+1½+1½), another section in 5, and another with the ratio of 5:3.  In addition to jazz, rock, and blues influences, it makes brief references to Middle Eastern music and CNN news trailers. 

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Kopanitza

for Big Band (woodwind doubles, percussion, optional tbn 4/tuba doubling)

Alt arrangement for brass band.

Commissioned by the Eastman Jazz Ensemble. Winner of the Jazz Composers Alliance Award.

Solos: piano.

Duration—12”

Based on a traditional Bulgarian round dance, the meter is fast 11/8 throughout.  Towards the end, the ensemble breaks into celebration, singing in Bulgarian, accompanied by a Cuban montuno pattern on the piano.

Faithful 

for Brass Big Band (3-4 tpts, 3-4 horns, 3-4 tbns, tba, pno, bs (optional), dr, perc)

Commissioned and premiered by

Boston Brass

Solos: trumpet, piano.

Duration—6”

An exhilarating, multi-genre journey through the classic Christmas tune "O Come, All Ye Faithful."

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Sing-Sing, A Song 

for oblivious vocal soloist and intoxicated big band.

Commissioned by the Eastman Jazz Ensemble.

Solo: voice, trumpet.

Duration—10-12”

Without a doubt, the most unique rendition of Joe Raposo’s famous ‘Sing, Sing a Song.’ The most experimental big band chart in Cutler’s catalogue, this virtuosic presentation is laden with humor, while defying all the expectations of big band writing and easy listening music.

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Turkish Delight 

for Big Band (woodwind doubles)

Alternative version for any ensemble size.

Premiered by the Duquesne Jazz Ensemble.

Solos: trumpet, alto sax.

Duration—7”

This monophonic melody was inspired by the sights and sounds during Cutler’s first visit to Turkey.  Almost every measure has its own meter, switching freely between 10/16, 17/16, 3/4, and a host of others.  Recording is from combo version.

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Maristella

for Big Band (woodwind doubles)

Alternate version for jazz sextet (tpt., a. sx., tbn., rhythm section)

Solos: tenor sax.

Duration—10”

Intense, beautiful, and haunting, this extended ballad takes listeners on an emotional journey.

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Triste

for Big Band (woodwind doubles)

Commissioned by the Eastman Jazz Ensemble with Joe Henderson.

Solos: tenor sax.

Duration—7”

An arrangement of Carlos Jobim’s famous piece, featuring tenor sax.

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