Written for the University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band One during the spring of 2016, The Morning After relies on the rhythmic precision of director Chris Merz, as well as the unique creativities of guitarist Elvis Phillips, tenor saxophonist Sean Koga, and trumpeter Ryan Garmoe. Of course, these are not the only musical personalities at play: the chart also features group improvisation, a shared solo between the tenor and the bass, and plenty of space for the rhythm section to stretch its legs. At the center of this piece is a seven-on-three polyrhythm whose septuplets function as eighths in contrasting sections. Two octatonic sections, functioning as the head, enclose the polyrhythmic core and are themselves enclosed by the ambient effects of the introduction and closing section.
Performing forces: Alto Sax I (doubles on Soprano), Alto Sax II, Tenor Sax II (doubles Bb clarinet), Tenor Sax II, Baritone Sax, Trumpet I (w/ harmon mute, doubles on Flugelhorn), Trumpets II-IV (w/ straight mutes), Trombones I-III (w/ straight mutes), Bass Trombone, Electric Guitar, Vibraphone, Piano (w/ a gate effect), Bass (bow required), and Drums
Duration: about 10 minutes, 30 seconds