From SS: The Ingenuous Ant - I wrote this tune while waiting for a student to show up, and I had just had a shower, and decided that I wanted to write something clean, where I was happy with every single detail. Too often I had started a piece like a bull out of the gate, and then when I arrived at a junction where the tune needed something different, I would throw something down or move on. I was listening to Gismonti a bit at the time, and wrote it on piano, playing it at crotchet = 25. I liked the idea of a tune based on sus chords, something which at the time was foreign to me. Again, not a particularly cerebral exercise vis the rhythm - I just sat down and did something, which was the opening riff on the accordion - the 2:3 clave in the left hand against the bell pattern from a salsa in the right, slightly swung. It was the first time I wrote a separate section for improvising over, specifically for Frock. When Frock started, we were long on moody ballads, and short on crowd pleasing finishers. I took it upon myself to rectify this over the years, despite the fact that ballads are my favourite to write. This was one tune where I learned a lot about group improvisation over an ostinato, and how far we could take it while keeping the original idea in mind.
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