Rhapsody and Groove showcases both the rich, warm lyricality and the percussive, grooving nature of the bass clarinet. Searching, longing lines predominate the rhapsodic sections while virtuosic and funky patterns drive the groove areas. A melancholic and bittersweet harmony is imbued in the searching lines, while a more thorny and chromatic harmony permeates the funky patterns. The two characters are mostly separate throughout, though each character does at times seek to influence the other.
Rhapsody and Groove was written for Mikey Arbulu, and his recording may be found on Centaur Records as a part of the album entitled Polychrome.