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CONCERTO FOR DOUBLE BASS was
written for Jim Beidel and was performed by the Seattle Pro Musica
Chamber Orchestra with Jim as soloist in Seattle in the Spring of
1978. It was also taken up by John Casey who, during the late
1970's was Associate Principal Bass with the Phoenix Symphony. He
actually performed the work in Phoenix before Jim premiered it in
Seattle, and has performed it many times in the years since.
This work was my first
attempt at creating a serious work from a transcribed keyboard
improvisation. (Three improvisations, actually.) The
improvisations, taken from a collection I refer to as Session '77, are
some of my first real serious efforts at free improvisation, and are
unabashedly influenced by the work of Keith Jarrett.
The work has always been
special to me because it is so tirelessly happy and optimistic. I
am a professional double bassist, and the work is not real easy to play,
but it does lie very well. The accompaniment can be tricky,
especially the piano version, but it is always a lot of fun.