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Napali

for percussion ensemble and rhythm section
Level: Med-Advanced
Duration: 6:10
Personnel: 2-6 players
Release Date: 2018
Product ID : TSPCE18-018
Price: $40.00
Item #: TSPCE18-018

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Description

Ryan Loud’s Napali began as a simple jazz lead sheet but eventually grew into a fully orchestrated piece where two worlds are combined: the world of percussion ensemble and a small/medium-sized jazz rhythm section. Mr. Loud was compelled to write this piece through a trip to the Napali coast in the Hawaiian Islands, where the beautiful vistas and hiking trails provided him with inspiration for the sweeping and melodic sounds of Napali.

Additionally, this piece provides percussion students with a unique opportunity to work on improvisation, a skill often overlooked in modern day percussion pedgogy. Included in this piece is an "Improvisation Concepts" sheet that uses a transcription of Mr. Loud’s vibraphone solo heard on the accompanying audio files. There is text explaining the various options for constructing your own solos! The original lead sheet with accompaniment is provided as well.

Napali comes with a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing an audio recording and all individual parts and lead sheet available for printing.

Instrumentation

  • Vibraphone (or or lead/tenor steelpan)
  • Jazz Guitar
  • 1 marimba — low A (with optional low F indications)
  • Piano
  • Bass Guitar
  • Drum Set

Reviews

Ryan Loud explains in the program notes that “Napali” was composed after traveling to the Napali Coast in the Hawaiian Islands with his wife. This bright, happy jazz tune accurately depicts what he calls the “beautiful hiking trails overlooking the Pacific Ocean.” There are different configurations and instrumentations for this piece, which are explained in the “resources” section in the score. Audio recordings of different configurations available on Tapspace’s website. Other materials included with the score are extensive performance notes and suggestions, as well as an “Improvisation Concepts” page for the solo section and a transcription of the vibraphone solo heard in the audio recordings.

The rhythm section parts are what should be expected form a jazz chart. They include chords and a suggested part, where appropriate, but are clear for improvisation. The marimba part is quite busy throughout the tune but is very chordal in nature. finally, the guitar and vibraphone (or tenor pan) parts provide the head of the tune and bulk of the improvised soloing. The form of the piece is fairly standard and easy to follow.

I highly recommend this piece for a percussion ensemble with rhythm section accompaniment, or even a professional jazz group. The detail the composer put into performance notes, suggestions, and the score itself are wonderful and make the tune quite accessible. The tune is very enjoyable and catchy, while the individual parts lend themselves to improvisation, experimentation, and rewarding jazz playing.

–Justin Bunting
Percussive Notes
Vol. 57, No. 2, May 2019

Description

Ryan Loud’s Napali began as a simple jazz lead sheet but eventually grew into a fully orchestrated piece where two worlds are combined: the world of percussion ensemble and a small/medium-sized jazz rhythm section. Mr. Loud was compelled to write this piece through a trip to the Napali coast in the Hawaiian Islands, where the beautiful vistas and hiking trails provided him with inspiration for the sweeping and melodic sounds of Napali.

Additionally, this piece provides percussion students with a unique opportunity to work on improvisation, a skill often overlooked in modern day percussion pedgogy. Included in this piece is an "Improvisation Concepts" sheet that uses a transcription of Mr. Loud’s vibraphone solo heard on the accompanying audio files. There is text explaining the various options for constructing your own solos! The original lead sheet with accompaniment is provided as well.

Napali comes with a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing an audio recording and all individual parts and lead sheet available for printing.

Instrumentation

  • Vibraphone (or or lead/tenor steelpan)
  • Jazz Guitar
  • 1 marimba — low A (with optional low F indications)
  • Piano
  • Bass Guitar
  • Drum Set

Reviews

Ryan Loud explains in the program notes that “Napali” was composed after traveling to the Napali Coast in the Hawaiian Islands with his wife. This bright, happy jazz tune accurately depicts what he calls the “beautiful hiking trails overlooking the Pacific Ocean.” There are different configurations and instrumentations for this piece, which are explained in the “resources” section in the score. Audio recordings of different configurations available on Tapspace’s website. Other materials included with the score are extensive performance notes and suggestions, as well as an “Improvisation Concepts” page for the solo section and a transcription of the vibraphone solo heard in the audio recordings.

The rhythm section parts are what should be expected form a jazz chart. They include chords and a suggested part, where appropriate, but are clear for improvisation. The marimba part is quite busy throughout the tune but is very chordal in nature. finally, the guitar and vibraphone (or tenor pan) parts provide the head of the tune and bulk of the improvised soloing. The form of the piece is fairly standard and easy to follow.

I highly recommend this piece for a percussion ensemble with rhythm section accompaniment, or even a professional jazz group. The detail the composer put into performance notes, suggestions, and the score itself are wonderful and make the tune quite accessible. The tune is very enjoyable and catchy, while the individual parts lend themselves to improvisation, experimentation, and rewarding jazz playing.

–Justin Bunting
Percussive Notes
Vol. 57, No. 2, May 2019



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