Cole Porter/arr. Mike Crotty - Alfred Publishing Belwin Division
Begin the Beguine is a stellar treatment of a great Cole Porter standard by arranger Mike Crotty for the USAF "Airmen of Note." It's a tenor sax solo feature with a ballad intro moving into a straight-eighth groove at around 160 beats per minute. There are some great solis with some tight harmony, lush chords in the intro and very interesting motives all through this exciting chart. Lead trumpet has a high D and the (electric) bass and guitar parts are somewhat challenging. This chart has class!