Pat Metheny is known for his beautiful melodies, and Back in Time is no exception. Featuring a flugelhorn or trumpet soloist throughout on a written-out solo with chords included for improvisation,
One of the last original pieces composed by the late Fred Sturm, this may be one of the most beautiful. Sensitively arranged by David Springfield as a quiet ballad concert piece with no improvisation,
Here is a deeply emotional, gorgeous ballad from the self-titled album Lyle Mays. It begins with a written piano solo and moves into a lush ensemble setting. There is a short, improvised Tenor solo
A beautiful, concise, yet elegant ballad, Bob Curnow once again turns one of Pat Metheny's amazing compositions into an arrangement meant for a big band. Don't Forget (Renato's Theme) features a
Here is a beautiful, lush, straight-eighth ballad on the popular Cole Porter standard Easy to Love. This short and quite danceable chart exemplifies the Kenton band's warm and rich ensemble sound
As recorded by the Oliver Nelson Orchestra, Heidi is the third movement of the Impressions of Berlin suite. A gorgeous solo feature for alto saxophone throughout, this piece builds from a
The famous version as performed by the Stan Kenton Band!
This is a beautiful arrangement by Bill Holman that features alto saxophone throughout. Set as a straight-eighth ballad, this chart was originally written for Charlie Parker to perform with the Stan Kenton
Rich DeRosa has composed a fascinating, brooding, and pensive composition entitled Mixed Emotions. Set in a very contemporary feel with lush harmonies and reasonable brass ranges (the
An exquisite ballad dedicated to Neil Slater, Neil features piano with a lot of room to improvise combined with gorgeous, lush, legato ensemble passages. Quite playable by most bands, this chart
This is a gorgeous ballad arranged by Willie Maiden for the great Maynard Ferguson Orchestra. There is wonderful ensemble writing that is playable by most bands, and it also features a short improvised solo
As recorded by the Oliver Nelson Orchestra on their album Berlin Dialogue for Orchestra, A Relative Calm is a beautiful ballad that features trumpet throughout. There is very little improvisation,
Much like the arrangements of Quincy Jones, Billy Byers provided the Basie band with some of their best music ever recorded. From their album Frankly Speaking: Count Basie Plays the Hits of Frank
Much like the arrangements of Quincy Jones, Billy Byers provided the Basie band with some of their best music ever recorded. From Basie's album Frankly Speaking: Count Basie Plays the Hits of Frank
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