Fires on the Beach has a nice late night jazz club feel, it begins with a catchy repeated riff starting with muted trombones before being taken on by the whole band. The number gently swings, building to various punchy crescendo’s from the trumpet section before settling down once again creating a lush background for this clarinet feature, also allowing space for other developing solo’s. A nicely paced smooth swing number to add to any big band pad.
from All Men are Whores by David Mamet
We built our fires on the beach, and every night we sat by them and talked and ate our food, and we made love and slept. “As fall came we moved back into the dunes. “Later, we went further. To the woods; but walked or fished or searched for clams or driftwood in the mornings and the afternoons. And as we walked we saw the charred-out fires we had built, each in a different place and said, “do you remember that night?
Fires on the Beach was first performed on April 6th, 2007 by Julian Marc Stringle (solo clarinet) and the Goodmania Band conducted by the composer.
Alto Sax 1 & 2
Tenor Sax 1 & 2,
Trumpets 1 2 3 4 & 5
Trombones 1 2 3 & Bass Trombone