Music Review Essay

For my music review I saw the MDC Jazz Band & Jubilation Dance Ensemble. The conductor was Matt Bonelli and the dance coordinator was Michelle Grant Murray. The concert was held in the McCarthy Auditorium Room 6120 on Tuesday, October 28 2012. The concert started at 7:30 pm and ended at 8:40 pm. There were five jazz performances and four dance performances happening mostly simultaneously. The first piece, “Wind Blues,” had a very harsh sound and was hard to listen to, partly because it was very loud. The trumpet part sounded the best.

It had a metered rhythm; it became faster toward the end. The second work, “Archa,” was very easy to hear. It had a slow tempo at the beginning, was metered, and reached crescendo at certain points. It mostly stayed at the same volume. The trumpet players performed solos at the beginning, and provided a longer soothing piece. The 3rd work was mostly a dance, with the piano playing. It featured a crescendo in the beginning, and the harmony was polyphonic. The piano player and trumpet player begin playing at the end. The 4th work was called Three More Foxes.

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This piece was very easy to hear, and was highly syncopated. The composer stood in the front and conducted his piece at a fast tempo. It had accents at different levels, not an easy tune to hum to. It will suddenly get louder. The end is the loudest, towards the end becoming dissonance. The 5th work was called Snakes and the bassist was an Anglo Saxophone player. The piece was loud but had an easy theme to recognize. It became gradually louder with a conjunct rhythm. The last piece began with forte dynamics to crescendo.

It was metered with a conjunct background and the piece was polyphonic. It had a mezzo background then crescendo, then back to subito forte, then back to mezzo. I really enjoyed the trumpet and trombone solos the two performers played. I liked how they mixed in the dance with the jazz playing. The dancing was very original and the choreography was smooth. I would go to another jazz concert because it was better than I expected. Finally, I recommend everyone go see a jazz concert at least once in their lifetime.