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tim
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 5:46 am    Post subject: octet, nonet, ? Reply with quote

Hi all,
Just a quick question that I'm hoping someone might have an answer to....
We've all heard of sextets, septets, octets and nonets, but what do you call a group made up of 10 players? I know some groups call themselves a tentet, but I'm looking for an official response here. After all, it's not a seventet or an eight-tet.
Any suggestions most welcome!
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Tim
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Staying with the Latin, it would likely be a dectet.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it is a dectet.

1 - solo
2 - duet
3 - trio
4 - quartet
5 - quintet
6 - sextet
7 - septet
8 - octet
9 - nonet
10 - dectet
11 - undectet
12 - duodectet
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a "dectet" and it is incidentally my favorite group to write for. It's big enough to get some hip big band voicings and small enough to function and interact like a small combo. I usually call it a tentet because that gets the point across easier. Either way it's the Tim Gill All-Stars. I've posted some sound clips before.

Marty Paich had a 10 piece group that played for Mel Torme called the dek-tette, which is nice if you like cute respellings.
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tim
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys, I knew I could count on you all!
cheers,
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am not English native speaker but I have read "decimet" or something like that. It is correct?

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2005 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's an idea for a "vintage" group name

(Insert leader name)______ and the Deci-Tones
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are talking about Jazz, there is a group led by Rob McConnell, called the boss brass. He morphed that group into a ten piece mini-big band, and called it a tentet.
In addition, it is not uncommon in jazz to have a nonet. Miles Davis, Joe Lovano, Jim Ciffelli...among others have all had nonets.
I actually write and arrange charts for nonet, and perform with my group pretty regularly....
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