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In 1987 I was commissioned to compose a new work for Contrabass and Viola d'Amore. The composition is entitled "Sonatina" for Viola d'Amore and Contrabass. It is in fact listed at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The American Premiere was at Bates Recital Hall, University of Texas in Austin. The European Premiere was in Stuttgart, Germany at the Passionskirke sponsored in part by the Bach Akademie Stuttgart at the Europäisches Music Festival in 1988.

1985 Umbria Jazz Big-Band:
Paul Jeffrey (sax), Frank Strozier (sax), Terrance Blanchard (trumpet), Kevin Eubanks (guitar), Jimmy Cobb (drums), 
Ray Mantilla (Congas), Harold Mabern (not shown - piano).

Indeed, one of the greatest honors of my life, to have
a composition played on the program with Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Telemann, Ariosti, Stamitz, Graupner, Casadesus, Prokofiev,
Hindemith and Janecek.
"Sonatina" ended the Viola d'Amore concert Program in 1988.

  The Viola d'Amoriste was Madame Jenny Hansen. After the Europäisches Music Festival I composed two completely different compositions for Viola d'Amore and Contrabass including vibraphone, guitar, drums and percussion. The titles were "Sunrise" and "Abstemious". They were recorded for the WDR radio in Köln, Germany the same year. Herbie Hancock played an important role in showing me some particular chord voicings that really helped me a lot as far as the concept of the ensemble was concerned, whilst at the twenty-fourth wedding anniversary of Buster Williams and his wife. Wayne Shorter was also there that evening.