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Blues for Alfred is a 12 bar minor blues form with simple motivic head that features the perfect fourth as one of it's main structures. The tune had it first formal performance at a concert we gave at the Isabel Bader Centre. In honour of the occasion I changed the working title from "Minor Blues" to Blues for Alfred (Bader). The Bader's were instrumental in the development and funding of the new concert space at Queen's University.

Musically - a simple 12 bar minor blues that avoids the IV chord whenever possible. This idea was stollen from a tune I heard Sting perform on one of his live albums. Lots of solos throughout here and some backgrounds that are reminiscent of the CTI sessions from the 70's with Stanley Turpentine (who we opened for at the Ottawa Jazz Festival several years ago). Sandwiched between the soloists is a short two chorus ensemble section. This tune brings the session to a close.

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from Something Old, Something New, released July 21, 2017
John Macleod, Flugelhorn - Jon Stewart, tenor saxophone - Dave Barton, guitar - Greg Runions, vibraphone - Brian Dickinson, piano - Artie Roth, bass - Mike Cassells, drumsGreg Runions Septet

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Greg Runions Septet/Big Band Kingston, Ontario

Canadian composer and vibraphonist, Greg Runions, has been creating music for big band for about 25 years. Self taught as an arranger and composer, Runions started his own big band to help him hear his work and develop his writing. The band hails from his home town of Kingston, Ontario but frequently includes musicians from Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. ... more

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