Gente – Solo Vibes

 

This is a quick solo arrangement of the tune Gente by the great Brazilian songwriter Caetano Veloso. Arranging up-tempo tunes like this poses a bit of a challenge for keeping the groove going. Left hand accompaniment is an obvious choice to keep the groove going. A less obvious but equally effective option is to use melodic phrasing that outlines the agogic accents of the groove to help perpetuate the motion. For reference, here’s the original so you can see how I stripped it down to be played solo:

 

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