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Roger Aldridge
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Mid-Size Jazz Ensemble Album A digital album of my original music for mid-size jazz ensemble has been released at Bandcamp.  I am a fan of the mid-size ensemble and the creative possibilities it offers. My vision for a mid-size ensemble is to use a woodwind quintet as a role model – that is, with each instrument having a distinct tone color – instead of thinking of it as a smaller version of a big band. This concept can be explored with either conventional or unconventional combinations of instruments. The ensemble can also have a level of flexibility and creative freedom that is usually associated with a small group. Stylistically, this music is eclectic...spanning American roots to avant-garde. ​ The 7-track album is $7. The music can be streamed (with the free Bandcamp app) or downloaded. As another option, individual recordings are $1 per track. Purchases help to fund new recordings of my originals.    Here is a link to the album:  Mid-Size Jazz Ensemble by Roger Aldridge more
Tangos Album A digital album of my original tangos has been released at Bandcamp.    I   am deeply attracted to tango nuevo and    Astor Piazzolla   's    music. My tangos are written in a personal style and are not intended to be like conventional ballroom tango music. They draw upon jazz and at times have a touch of contemporary classical. In a curious way, several musician friends have told me that they hear a    Frank Zappa    influence in some of my tangos. I suspect that is due to the humor that runs through much of my music.    The 7-track album is $7. The music can be streamed (with the free Bandcamp app) or downloaded. As another option, individual recordings are $1 per track. Purchases help to fund new recordings of my originals.    Here is a link to the album:  Tangos by Roger Aldridge  more
A new video has been added to my page.  It presents six of my original compositions for mid-size jazz ensemble. Think of it as a virtual concert. The visuals are only title screens and one photo for each piece. Please focus on the music. Imagine that you are in an audience listening to a performance by a live band. If you are not able to watch the video's 23-minute length at one time, take it in segments. more
Over the weekend Nancy and I went to the Four Seasons Bookstore in Shepherdstown, WV. As I looked through the used book section, a particular book jumped out at me. It was  Emergence  by Steven Johnson (2001). As Johnson describes, emergence is what happens when an interconnected system of relatively simple elements self-organizes to form more intelligent, more adaptive higher-level behavior. It is a bottom-up model rather than being engineered from top-down. Emergence begins at the ground level when agents residing on one level start producing behavior that lies on a scale above them.​ This is exactly how I envision deep changes coming about in today's world. That is, largely through grassroots collaborative movements springing up as more people begin to remember who and what they are (as spiritual beings currently having a human life on Earth). As this happens, we will naturally outgrow deeply entrenched social divisions. Interestingly, this is also one of my core music concepts in how I envision ensembles going beyond what is written on the page to create music collectively that is fresh and different each time it is performed. I have had this vision for many years and now there is a word for it. more
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I am primarily a jazz composer.  A wide range of influences are found in my music including tango, blues, samba, fusion, ragtime, contemporary classical, American roots music, and other kinds of music that interest me.   Listed in International Who's Who in Music. Independent artist. A selection of my music is available for TV, film, theater, and other uses through Directional Musi... more
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