Jazz groups with a strong lead alto sax player will enjoy this ballad in film noir style. Its smoky harmonies and wistful melody are broken up with a double-time swing section before a powerful reprise at
With a tip of the hat to the great Neal Hefti, A Ballad For Basie is exactly the type of ensemble ballad that Count Basie was famous for. Featuring mostly full ensemble work, this one asks for
Here's a beautiful bluesy Fats Waller ballad originally from 1929 that's very playable by young jazz groups. The tempo is around 82 bpm with a straight-eighth ballad feel, there are smooth and
This gorgeous ballad that features trumpet or flugelhorn is now available to your band. Written in memory of Blue Mitchell, this tune was recorded by Louie Bellson on London Scene. Not only does it
You simply cannot go wrong with this Matt Harris chart on this great jazz ballad ideally set as a tenor sax solo feature! The tempo is about 98 bpm with the tenor solo written and improvised.
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Looking for a perfect change-of-pace for your next program or festival? This beautiful ballad gives you the opportunity to showcase either your alto sax, trumpet or flugelhorn soloist. The pensive melody is
Recorded in 1972, Chick Corea's Return to Forever album is recognized as one of the landmark albums of jazz fusion. Along with the jazz standard La Fiesta, the mesmerizing ballad introduced on this
This beautiful bossa/ballad features flugelhorn and was recorded on the Fun Time CD. The rhythm is in a bossa nova style with some beautiful ensemble orchestration and interesting chord changes. Highly
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Day Dream is a beautiful alto saxophone ballad feature by the genius of Billy Strayhorn. The tempo is around 72 bpm and the instrumentation is five saxes, one trumpet, three trombones, piano,
Here's one of Neil Yorke-Slader's most imaginative compositions! The introductory chorale paints a beautiful picture of the sun rising over the north coast of Prince Edward Island. Switching gears smoothly,
From the group Journey, this powerful rock ballad from 1981 has enjoyed renewed popularity thanks to the hit TV series Glee as well as multiple uses in film and even on Broadway. Sure to be a hit with
One of Carlos Santana's more memorable compositions is this instrumental hit from 1976. Along with Santana's own recording, the version by saxophonist Gato Barbieri also became a hit that same year. This
As recorded by Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band on the CD That's How We Roll, but minus the woodwind doubles, saxes only. Arranged for flexibility, it's a beautiful solo feature for C instruments, alto sax,
Set in the famous Basie ballad style, Gentle One will be a wonderful experience for jazz ensembles and audiences. Careful scoring makes this chart secure to perform and enjoyable for all to
Every aspiring jazz player is familiar with this haunting ballad that achieved notoriety as the theme song for television's Mike Hammer series. While not a feature ballad, the saxophone section takes the
Here's one of those outstanding charts where the title vividly describes the contents. Paying homage to the great Neal Hefti and the iconic Count Basie Orchestra, Patrick Williams has composed a chart
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