Chester Gate

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Composer
Year of composition
2015
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
3 minutes
Genre
Modern classical music and Jazz music
License details
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This ballad is based on a modified version of the (John) Coltrane chord changes. The name comes from Chester Gate, Regents Park (London) which is a very relaxing place to go and recharge after a frantic day in town.

A few performance points:

This should be performed with 2 - 3 lead players, but it can be done with just 1.

Although the tune is quite slow and should be easy to play, the leadsheets are fairly complicated to give players the information they need to perform it on the fly. The harmonies at the [B] section are separated out into respective parts for ease of reading.

Soloing to this melody is both easy, because of the slow pace, and difficult, because of the constantly-shifting chords and keys.

It is an 11-bar form, which will catch out the unwary player, so beware!!

I hope you find it enjoyable and relaxing. I would love to hear what people make of it in their jazz bands, please do drop me a message at michael.roberts@ucl.ac.uk with any feedback!

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