Recorded on Evanescence, "Gumba Blue" (a minor blues), has become a staple in our repertoire that we've played literally hundreds of times. Part of the reason is that there are many options for solos in this piece. Our original recording had Greg Gisbert and Kenny Werner playing trumpet and piano, but you can vary the soloists and can double-up solos on sections, maybe doing the second one in half-time feel (the backgrounds still work just fine over it by the way). I've heard "Gumba Blue" played in endless creative ways – the band managing to keep if fresh even decades later. It's not terribly difficult to play, although the bass trombone part is quite challenging. That's the trickiest part about playing this piece, that along with finding everyone's spontaneous spirit. This piece offers your rhythm section and soloists a chance to really think, listen, and play creatively, delivering something different every time they approach playing it. (Doubles are minimal)
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