Sample of "Simple or What?!" - From Oakham School Saxophone Choir's album "All in Good Time", directed by Gerard McChrystal.

Simple or What?!

Funk, Reggae
Great foot-tapping stuff!
Gumbley, Chris
S/A . AAAT . T/B
3 minutes
2, 3, 4



Great foot-tapping stuff this, with its infectious reggae groove and driving funk bass lines! Not too difficult either – though some of the jazz rhythms need a close look – with a flexible line-up that caters for the current alto epidemic (and baritone dearth!) A real winner with younger players, making it ideal for schools and courses. Alto 2 has a solo section which can be read or improvised to give the piece an extra dimension.

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

Standard parts
Soprano Saxophone (alternative to Alto Saxophone 1)
Alto Saxophone 2
Alto Saxophone 3
Alto Saxophone 4
Tenor Saxophone 1
Baritone Saxophone (alternative to Tenor Saxophone 2)

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

“Simple or What?!” is also available in hard-copy from June Emerson Wind Music.

1 review for Simple or What?!

  1. tom.saxtet

    Simple or What!? By Chris Gumbley is for saxophone ensemble [6 parts]. It is good to see some flexibility here in the instrumentation, making this piece accessible to a wider range of groups, for example in schools where there isn’t always a baritone or soprano instrument. This is written in a lively reggae style and there is an opportunity for the 2nd alto player to practise improvising skills. It is well written and appealing. About grades 3-5.
    Clarinet and Saxophone Society Magazine, Winter 1999

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