This Oliver Nelson chart features alto saxophone and trumpet playing the melody. Lengthy solo sections with exciting backgrounds are featured for both those players. The band also has their turn to
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One of the later and lesser-known entries in Thad Jones' expansive catalog, 61st & Rich' it was written as a tribute to the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra's original bassist, Richard Davis. It
Harry James, one of the leading trumpeters of the Swing Era, was a huge fan of the sound and style of the 1950's Count Basie Orchestra. James hired several of Basie's arrangers to write arrangements for him
Ad Lib on Nippon was composed by Ellington and tenor sax/clarinetist Jimmy Hamilton after the band's 1964 visit to Japan. This movement consists of four sections: Fugi; Igoo; Nagoya and
Afro-Bossa is a wonderfully strange and important piece of Ellingtonia because it is a great example of Ellington integrating the blues into his writing, as he did so often. The moods seamlessly
This composition was written by Billy Strayhorn in 1963 and was first performed in Sweden on March 9, 1964. While on tour in Europe during that year Ellington introduced several pieces as "Impressions
This is one of the most famous vocal studio orchestra arrangements, recorded by Dean Martin in 1960. This is the authentic and swinging version that Nelson Riddle created to showcase Martin in his
This work by Alec Wilder features a bassoon soloist with string orchestra and percussion. It was conducted by Frank Sinatra and recorded in 1945. Sinatra, a big fan and supporter of Wilder's music,
This arrangement was conducted by Frank Sinatra and recorded in 1945. Sinatra, a big fan and supporter of Alec Wilder's music, convinced Columbia Records to record an album of orchestral works with Sinatra
Alec Wilder's Air for Oboe and Strings features an oboe soloist with string orchestra and percussion. This work was conducted by Frank Sinatra and recorded in 1945. Sinatra, a big fan and
Rob McConnell's treatment of the classic Irving Berlin standard Alexander's Ragtime Band, recorded on 1974's The Best Damn Band in the Land album, is not for the faint of heart. Featuring several
This Pete King arrangement, in the style of Nelson Riddle, was written for Dean Martin's 1959 album "Sleep Warm," conducted by Frank Sinatra. The arrangement begins with reeds on flutes and clarinets.
The original big band recording of Duke Pearson's Amanda was significantly trimmed down from the arrangement's actual manuscript, likely for time purposes. The melody is only stated once at the
Written in 1953 for Nat King Cole, Billy May's arrangement of Angel Eyes does a wonderful job of both capturing and expanding upon the dark and sensual melody of what has become one
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