Duet for low flute and optional bass instrument or rhythm section
Composed by Phyllis Avidan Louke
Published by Alry Publications
Includes score, solo (C instrument) part 1,
solo (G instrument) part 1, and part 2 (treble clef)
ContraBasie Blues is a jazz solo originally written for solo flute, or for flute and optional bassline accompaniment. Originally written for contrabass flute, this solo may be played by any member of the flute family; there is a concert pitch part (for c-flute, bass flute, or contrabass flute) and a transposed part for alto or contralto flute. The optional bassline accompaniment may be played by bass flute or contrabass flute, string bass, or even rhythm section (chords are included).
Several jazz chord progressions are used in this composition: a standard blues, as well as chord progressions used by Count Basie in some of his many jazz composition, and the chord progression used in the well-known Dixieland Jazz tune, Basin Street Blues. The title of this composition comes from the play on words from the Count Basie progressions. The tempo is not too fast; it's in the style of a ballad.