Another practice common in jazz and rock music but almost unheard of in the classical concert hall is that of improvising a solo. Frank spent a good deal of rehearsal time pressing individual members of the ensemble to improvise a solo as the rest of the orchestra 'vamped' (another concept foreign to classical music). Most if not all of the Ensemble Modern had never soloed before and there was some dismay that Frank was asking them to do this. I've always felt that one of Frank's gifts is this tendency to push people into trying things beyond their inclination.
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