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Five Chords was written just a few years back for the Kingston Jazz Composers Collective. We played an earlier version of this in Kingston. I took this version and adjusted the parts for the seven piece group. Compositionally this tune initially tries to use a set of 5 different chords in a cyclical pattern to create the harmony for the first melody. This is stated by the bass and then the tenor sax. After the opening section each soloist (tenor, vibes, guitar) gets a slightly different passage to play over - Unlike many jazz tunes, this tune is through composed, we never return back to the top to restate the initial melody - just one long development.

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

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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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