This contrasting pair of solo jazz vibraphone pieces from the inimitable Jon Metzger cleverly includes a lead sheet before each begins. This will allow the soloist to embellish the tune further as he or she becomes more comfortable. It will also allow the soloist to invite a rhythm section and any other instruments to the tune. Just ask!
Originally three separate books, Jon Metzger's Five Easy Pieces for Two-Mallet Marimba, Five Pieces for Timpani and Five Pieces for Vibraphone are now available in one convenient collection –Step to Step: Collected Solos for the Developing Percussionist.
The Absence of Color was written in the Winter of 2007 and received its premiere at Elon University (NC) in April, 2008. The music and the poetry came in response to two of my friends being pulled apart to different places because of work situations. Both the sadness of separation and the joy of reuniting color the sonorities.
In "Moral Compass," Metzger conveys Twain’s time-honored and meaningful text in a new light, blending jazz and classical styles. Throughout every movement of the piece, the saxophone and voice are woven together to create beautiful lyrical lines that soar over the backdrop of the colorful rhythms and rich harmonies in the percussion ensemble.
After a brief free introduction, the marimba enters with a Latin groove before the vibraphone enters with the head. The entire piece is infused with jazz flavors from the talents of jazz vibraphonist Jon Metzger. Toward the end of the piece, there are opportunities for both players to improvise on provided chord changes.
This is Book 2 of Metzger’s Step-To-Step Series subtitled, an approach to musical development through literature. As with the other two books in the series for marimba and vibraphone, the solos are arranged in a sequential fashion starting with the easiest. The student is required to sing a scale in the key of each solo before they start...
This is a wonderful collection of five sequential marimba solos by world-renowned jazz vibraphonist Jon Metzger. Each piece is based on a mode or scale common in everyday jazz performance. The scale/mode appears at the top of each piece so the student may learn it with the piece. Step-by-step instructions for approaching the pieces are printed in the...
Commissioned by Lisa Rogers at Texas Tech University, Imageries is an effective marriage of jazz and classical styles. It is in three movements: Minister of Grace, The Sunnier Side of Doubt, and A Glorious Secret. Very clear indications of mallet and pedal dampening are provided throughout the score.