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Chester Gate

Jazz • 2015

Chester Gate

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PDF, 507.1 Kb ID: SM-000223187 Upload date: 07 Mar 2015
Drum set, Free choice: Any Instrument, Instrument in C, Bass Clef Instrument, Instrument in E Flat
Scored for
Quartet, Quintet, Sextet, Septet
Type of score
Full score, Parts
C major
This ballad is based on a modified version of John Coltrane-esque chord progressions. The name comes from Chester Gate, Regent's Park (London) which is a very relaxing place to go and recharge after a frantic day in town.

A few performance points:

This should be performed with 2 - 3 lead players, but it can be done with just 1.

Although the tune is quite slow and should be easy to play, the leadsheets are fairly complicated to give players the information they need to perform it on the fly. The harmonies at the [B] section are separated out into respective parts for ease of reading.

Soloing to this melody is both easy, because of the slow pace, and difficult, because of the constantly-shifting chords and keys.

It is an 11-bar form, which will catch out the unwary player, so beware!!

I hope you find it enjoyable and relaxing. I would love to hear what people make of it in their jazz bands, please do drop me a message at with any feedback!
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