When Harry Met Addie

Gavin Bryars (1943)

When Harry Met Addie 1999

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Duration 
6
Solist 
Commissioner 
Publisher 

The title refers to the singer Adelaide Hall and baritone saxophonist Harry Carney. I worked with Hall in the late 1980’s and we became good friends. She had been Duke Ellington’s singer and was probably the first jazz singer to use ‘scat’ vocalisation. I also wanted to include a reference to Carney, Ellington’s long serving baritone saxophonist. There are quotations from Creole Love Call and the piece evolves into a duet for singer and baritone, eventually merging into an improvised solo for alto saxophone. The voice and baritone are reunited in the closing bars.

Gavin Bryars

Comments 

off-stage soprano voice (vocalise)

Performances 
1.5.99 Queen Elizabeth Hall, London: Cristina Zavalloni, soprano / London Sinfonietta /Diego Masson
7.5.03 RSAMD, Glasgow: Royal Scottish Academy Big Band
3
Clarinet
1st doubling alto sax, 2nd & 3rd doubling tenor sax
2
Saxophone
alto saxophone, baritone saxophone
4
Horn
4
Trumpet
4th flugel horn
4
Trombone
4th bass trombone
1
Double bass
1
Piano
1
Other
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