The Ostrich reel

By Jim Sutherland

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

The Ostrich has been added to 16 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Ostrich
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:A_B|Bffe (3fga B2|aefg fece|Accc AcAc|fgdc feef|
Bffc ggdg|aefg fece|ac ec fgfg|1 dcB2 A_B:|2 dcB2 z3e||
|:fgdc B2fg|fgdc aefe|cAA aAA fA|A aAA fgdc|
[1 fgdc B2fg|fgdc aefe|cAA aAA fA|A gdcB2 ze:|
[2 Bf(3fff dg (3ggg|ca(3aaa fgdc|ac (3ccc ecfg|fgdc B2||

One comment

The Ostrich

This reel was written by Jim Sutherland, who composed many other tunes including his greatest hit, The Easy Club Reel. His compositions all share a common element of syncopation and swing, which was the signature style of his great but sadly underrated band, The Easy Club. They combined the continental gypsy jazz tradition of Django Reinhardt with the tunes and energy of the Scottish fiddle tradition.
I love the fact that this tune stays within a single octave and takes a relatively simple phrase and then explores many different permutations. It has a slightly claustrophobic feel for me, and I like to follow it with something a little more liberating. Gordon Duncan’s tune, Break Yer Bass Drone, could be a good choice, since it also stays in that same octave but in the brighter key of A major.