An adaptation of the Kurt Elling recording of the mega-hit from U2 from 1987, this chart features moments for a baritone lyric soloist a la Kurt as well as space for vocal and guitar/keyboard improv. The ensemble writing supports with lush and dissonant voicings and soloistic phrasing, all with careful attention to voice-leading. The piece has an exciting climax before dissolving into a more subtle ending, and it would work very well in the "other" spot in an intermediate to advanced-level vocal jazz group's program.
Fully-notated keyboard (organ patch) and bass parts, guitar, drums.
Commissioned by Rodriguez High School Jazz Vocal Ensemble, Scott Miller, dir. (2020)
Video: Kurt Elling Version
Video: U2 Version