Active Measures is a classic straight-ahead swing chart with bebop overtones that groove right along, especially behind the soloists. Additional features include two sax soli sections and a short
Don't miss this swingin' Al Cohn chart as performed and recorded by the Maynard Ferguson Big Band on the album of the same name! Featured are marvelous tutti passages, a short piano solo, exciting shouts
Featuring a tenor saxophone soloist, Curveball is in the style of the Ray Charles big band. It opens with huge ensemble brass and bluesy sax lines that switch in and out of a double-time swing
Neal Hefti's Double 'O' (or Double-O) plays out like a checklist of everything loved about the Count Basie Orchestra! Simple but effective melodies, crisp ensemble backing figures,
Composed in a relaxed swing style, this catchy tune is built up in layers starting with the trombones. Saxes are added followed by the trumpets, and finally the full ensemble gets in on the fun. There are
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This chart is a fresh, swinging take on a classic jazz standard. Written with plenty of solo space for alto sax and trumpet, and wonderfully weaving harmonic and unison lines throughout, this is a really
Originally arranged by Gerry Mulligan during his brief stay with the Gene Krupa Band in 1946, this chart features a straight-ahead rhythmic intro, with the first chorus dominated by call and response
The Kessel Run is a flag-waving swinger that proceeds at breakneck speed! The first chorus features two bands within the band. To showcase the soloists, the solo section features stop-time
Here's a take on Basie's seminal version of Moten Swing, recorded in 1959 and originally arranged by Ernie Wilkins. Aside from the piano solo introduction, all solos are improvised from the chords
Here is Chopin's familiar nocturne reimagined as a creative jazz waltz. After the statement of the melody, a brief unaccompanied horns-only section in harmony leads to the solo section. The sax section also
This is the original Billy Byers arrangement made famous by the Count Basie Orchestra as recorded on the Pop Goes the Basie album! Up front is a conducted trombone solo followed by everything loved about
Perspective is a modern modal medium-swing chart with some additional styles thrown in for fun. The opening bass ostinato pattern is based on a Yes tune, Owner of a Lonely Heart!
Composed by Count Basie and Buck Clayton, Red Bank Boogie was a staple of the early Count Basie Orchestra's music library in the late 1930s. This version, however, is taken from Basie's 1960
Here's an ebullient and flashy solo feature for clarinet and big band. The ensemble swings brightly with intricate but accessible orchestrations while the bouncy solo shines with riffs and glissandi. A
Growling, plunger-muted brass and dramatic minor-themed pieces were among the first things that attracted the music world's attention to the young Duke Ellington, and Solid Old Man fits right in
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Composed by Bill Holman for the Stan Kenton Orchestra, this is a straight-ahead, swinging chart based on rhythm changes and has a hip, angular melody that sets up some powerful ensemble passages. There's
This wonderful jazz standard swings hard at around 160 bpm with the opening melody line played by alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet and trombone. Sample jazz solos are provided for tenor sax 1, trumpet 2 and
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