The Long Way

from Suite Vincent by Greg Runions Big Band

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The Long Way – Runions wrote this tune without words and titled it, and then asked New York-based vocalist Yoon Choi to write lyrics. “I knew I would set it as a vocal feature for Yoon,” Runions says. “Ironically, the melody is not particularly well suited to vocalizing - very large melodic range, large leaps, etc. But Yoon seems able to interpret anything.”

The tune opens with a beautiful duet statement from Yoon Sun Choi on voice accompanied by Brian Dickinson on piano. The horns take over the second statement of the form with the rhythm sections waiting until the bridge to join. William Carn takes a well deserved trombone solo spot here with Andrew Rathbun (tenor) and Brian (piano) responding with a free duet.


from Suite Vincent, released October 9, 2019


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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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