Reed Fever

Contemporary, Rock
Unravels organically to reach a fraught climax.
Gumbley, Chris
6 minutes
5, 6



This is an attractive, emotionally involved piece aimed at intermediate to advanced players who want something with a bit more depth. Based on a fascinating, harmonically conceived melody line over a rock bass ostinato, the piece unravels organically to reach a fraught climax. An open solo section gives Tenor 2 the chance to open out before the tune returns to restore calm. The piece contains many unexpected harmonic shifts typical of the composer and is immensely rewarding to play.

The E-Edition PDF bundle comes with the following parts:

Standard parts
Soprano Saxophone (with optional doubling Alto Saxophone)
Alto Saxophone 1
Tenor Saxophone 1 (alternative to Alto Saxophone 2)
Tenor Saxophone 2
Baritone Saxophone

Alternative parts
Alto Saxophone 2 (alternative to Tenor Saxophone 1)

“Reed Fever” is also available in hard-copy from June Emerson Wind Music.

1 review for Reed Fever

  1. tom.saxtet

    This is a cracking piece. It has an infectious and hypnotic bass line and sounds different to many other jazzy styled quartets. It has a cool west coast feel about it and is around grade seven standard. The structure of this piece is just beautiful and the ensemble writing second to none. I love the way that Chris gives a big-band feel to certain passages. It’s hard to believe at times that there are only five saxes playing. With so much new music being instantly forgettable Reed Fever lingers long in the memory.
    Gerard McChrystal – Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine, Summer 2006

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