Kevin F. Montague | Battlestar Galactica in the Jazz Quadrant

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Battlestar Galactica in the Jazz Quadrant

by Kevin F. Montague

Four track stereo mix down. Original contemporary jazz score. Fun to dance to, drive to or play for the kids. For the family!
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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After I officially got started studying music in college at age 18, by the time I was reaching age 26, I was finally getting into blues and jazz styles, as well as those chord structures and arrangements. This piece was scored around 5/24/1982 on my Fostex 4 track. I had done a number of run-throughs and thought out what I wanted to do, which is how my mind works most of the time, before just sitting down and putting it all down on tape, which happened in a few weeks time. Sometimes, if I have time, I write everything out, like I did with Tribute to a Wounded Spirit or The Night Falcon. Many of my works never got fully written out on music score paper however and I may not live long enough to do that. It's a long story why that did not happened.

Much is recorded to 4 track reel to reel in my library these days and the reel to reel tapes have survived well, over the past three decades, to my surprise, while I lost two decades of my life to serious health issues related to the whole CFS/Fibromyalgia deal these days. My doctors had given up on me and left me to die come December of 1997, before a miracle in my life happened to send me down a new path to fight for my health.

Battlestar Galactica, created by Glenn A. Larson, as a television series, lasted only one season in 1978. It later came back in 1980, but I wasn't fully savvy with the jazz styles yet. Finally, when I was getting the "hang of it", I thought of the original theme for the Battlestar Galactica show, written by Stu Phillips and wondered how that might sound, if a jazz arrangement could be created. I got some wonderful chord ideas, rhythm structures and color sound ideas too. I never could afford all the crayons in the box, when it came to musical colors as far as keyboard equipment was concerned, let alone hire musicians to work with me. So, as always, I was doing things alone and improvising. I didn't mind the improvising, but I hated not having a team of musicians I could go to, that would work on spec with me all the time.

Always, everyone wanted to be paid in advance with money I never had. There was never any disposable money to work with given the jobs kept taking. I was often offered top management jobs, but my heart was in the music and performing arts at all times. So I would turn down those jobs to give myself the time to do what I loved the most....composing. The monthly bills were enough to deal with back then, as they are to this very day; so affording recording equipment and keyboards was cost prohibitive on my meager means at all times. It was enough to finance the equipment I did put together over time.

Anyway, I have taken the original 4 tracks from the reel to reel, translated them to digital, then remixed the stereo and what I've gotten is a pretty "cool" final product.... I think. I hope you think so too and will purchase your own copy to support me. It's a pretty tight piece of work too and fun to dance to or jump around and be happy with. Great for kids or the kid in all of us. I love playing it when I'm down, because it lifts me up every time I play it. This is cooooool jazz too!

One thing you might notice, if you listen to the arrangement of this piece, is that there is a "talk" going on between the performers in this multi track piece. If I had gotten to play this on stage with whoever would have formed my Bluefire band, I should think the clumsy piano part would have been played by my not to be born son, if I had been allowed to have children, as part of the comedy relief of the show. The instrumental is written for two trumpets. I envisioned me playing one trumpet and one of the guys in the brass section playing the other trumpet. I suppose I would have then had my then make belief 5 year old son on stage trying to play the keyboards with us, to add to the comedy element of the piece when performed on stage. It's all pure fantasy to me at this point in my life, but a potential dream when I was scoring it all as I wrote this piece back in 1984. Still the whole ensemble comes together in a toe tapping style I think you will enjoy and want to play over and over again.

So, fire up your Battlestar and get ready to visit me in the Jazz quadrant of the Universe, as I take you to uncharted star systems in Battlestar Galactica in the Jazz Quadrant. By your command!

© Kevin F. Montague - Bluefire Music Enterprises 1982 - 2012
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