The Girl from Sark - performed by Tom Bruton.

The Girl from Sark

Ballad, Jazz
Classical and jazz crossover harmonies – a useful addition to the repertoire of both straight and jazz performers.
Gumbley, Chris
Eb Sax & Piano
2 minutes



Written around the time of Saxtet’ s tour of the Channel Islands in 1997 – hence the title – this fascinating rock ballad, with its striking theme and unique amalgam of classical and jazz crossover harmonies, would be a useful addition to the repertoire of both straight and jazz performers. Syncopated rhythms, changing meters and some convoluted key shifts make the piece fairly demanding, though the end product is immensely satisfying and accessible both to the performer and the listener. The written piano part closely follows the melody, though it isn’ t necessary to double the tune and there is plenty of scope for an experienced jazz pianist to vary the written material.

The E-Edition PDF bundle includes an Eb saxophone part and piano accompaniment.

“The Girl from Sark” is included in the following exam syllabi:

TCL Jazz Saxophone – Grade 6 (Eb only) – valid from November 2022

Please check the latest exam syllabi for updates and amendments.

“The Girl from Sark” is also available in hard-copy from June Emerson Wind Music.

1 review for The Girl from Sark

  1. tom.saxtet

    The Girl from Sark by Chris Gumbley is a fairly short piece with a haunting melody accompanied by interesting and evocative chords. There are some quite complex rhythms.
    Clarinet & Saxophone Society Magazine, Winter 1999

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