Recorded on Days of Wine and Roses–Live at the Jazz Standard, this ballad, "The Willow" prominently features baritone. It was played beautifully by Scott Robinson on our recording. I wrote this piece as a dedication to Mel Lewis shortly before he died, and I always think of him when I hear it played. There's one small section with flutes throughout the top four reeds – and don't tell anyone I said it, but you can get by with less than perfect doubling, so don't let those doubles deter you. This piece is fairly easy to put together. It just requires a bari player with the confidence to take on a feature like this. Frank Kimbrough and Joe Locke also recorded this piece in a lovely small group form on their album, The Willow, released on Omnitone.
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