Recorded on Coming About, "Night Watchmen" is the middle movement of "Scenes from Childhood," and features tenor and trumpet. The piece exhibits a little different harmony than anything I'd done before this. There are a lot of chords that have some "crunch" on top, with half-steps where "you're not supposed to put them" according to most rules of arranging. But in this case, I feel they give a nice intensity to the piece – a dark, sensual and verging-on-sinister sound that I was looking for. The ending also has something about it that was unique for me at the time I wrote this piece – the horns play out of time over the rhythm section, which maintains a groove.
I made a streamed video for this offer where I discuss my conception of the harmony in this piece, and have included streamed audio with two musicians that played on this recording. I have also included a streamed video from my hometown, Windom, MN, that inspired the suite, "Scenes from Childhood" of which this is the 2nd part.
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