Although the first hit recording of this enduring standard was by the Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1940, Hoagy Carmichael's The Nearness of You has remained popular through the ages with recordings by
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
With a haunting melody, this minor-key ballad is the perfect feature for promising alto saxophone or trumpet/flugelhorn soloists. The featured solo part is fully written, although some embellishment by the
This moving, lyrical ballad features solo flugelhorn or trumpet throughout with written and improvised sections, a double-time bossa in the midsection, and a strong, dramatic finish. The saxophone section
Wow! This beautiful swing ballad features alto sax throughout and includes written parts for the solo sections, fills and a cadenza at the end of the chart, or you can just let the soloist wail. Also
Nora is a beautiful swing ballad featuring an alto saxophone soloist and is taken directly from the flexible instrumentation small group chart with the same title. The solo part can be played as
Here is a wonderful alto saxophone ballad feature by master composer Patrick Williams. Optional woodwind doubles are for alto flute and clarinet and there are optional parts for two horns in
Check out this ever-popular ballad from the group Journey... the melody is truly captivating! The chart is easy and goes into a swing feel as arranged by Victor Lopez. This very nice ballad features a
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 Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, this is a luscious alto sax ballad feature at 74 bpm. It's a lyrical vehicle with rich harmony and textures, soaring ensemble figures, and
One of Horace Silver's few ballads, Peace ia a lovely chart with a short form. It begins with the bass playing the melody with cup mute trombone and alto sax in a quiet contrapuntal accompaniment.
Poolside is a wonderful ballad that works for all levels of jazz ensembles. The very moderate ranges make it accessible, and allow the focus to be on the trademark Basie ballad style. Rhythm
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