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
This publication is based on a set of parts and a reconstructed score that George Russell worked on with an assistant. This newly created score was based on the original, which had apparently become too
Benny Golson composed this octet chart in 1957 and it was featured on the Dizzy Gillespie album "The Greatest Trumpet Player of Them All." The features include a bluesy sound, interesting harmonies, varied
This slow and accessible swing arrangement, set at about 100 bpm, was written by Thad Jones for Count Basie's 1959 album entitled Dance Along with Basie. The chart opens with a short intro followed by the
When music is called "Hot Jazz" the reference is usually to up-tempo New Orleans style music, but the term should embrace more recent styles as well, and Cookin' at the Continental unequivocally
Here's one of Horace Silver's most charming tunes. The staccato interludes in 2 and the shift between even melodic eighth notes and the 12/8 texture of the interludes keep the piece interesting, shifting
Here's Benny Carter's swinging arrangement of the standard Crazy Rhythm written and recorded in 1961 for his Further Definitions album. Now in print for the first time, this chart, unlike most
This slow swinger has a mysterious and spooky character. The melody is orchestrated for trombone in cup mute and bass clarinet with flute, clarinet, and cup muted trumpet in the accompaniment
Harry James, one of the leading trumpeters of the Swing era, was a huge fan of the sound and style of the 1950s Count Basie Orchestra. He hired several of Basie's arrangers to write arrangements for
Horace Silver's iconic blues received the big-band treatment courtesy of arranger Ernie Wilkins for Dizzy Gillespie's big band in 1956. By and large, the arrangement remains fairly close to Silver's
Horace Silver created a blues with a perfectly consistent character and structured the accompaniments and his piano solo in perfect balance. Orchestrating the piano parts from the original recording is a
At a bright swing, here is the big-band version of one of Benny Carter's most popular tunes. This arrangement was written for the The American Jazz Orchestra in 1986 and features a solo for trumpet as well
This lovely, slow swing chart written by Benny Carter is designed to feature an alto saxophone soloist with the ensemble playing more than just backgrounds for the soloist. The solo includes both written
Duke Pearson's Heavy Legs is a surprisingly high-energy entry into his catalog as a composer. The opening ensemble riff is a fairly simple dialogue between the horns and piano and rips right along
One of the best examples of early jazz/rock is the title track from Duke Pearson's 1965 album Honeybuns. The chart begins with an irresistible gospel/rock/swing riff in the horns and piano
This bright swing chart at about 200 bpm was written by Thad Jones for the Count Basie band. It opens with a piano solo followed by the reeds stating the melody and there's a trumpet solo before
This is Benny Carter's saxophone ensemble arrangement recorded for his 1966 album Additions to Further Definitions. Drums are featured throughout this arrangement. In addition, there is solo space
Is That So? is a small band chart from Duke Pearson's 1965 album "Sweet Honey Bee." It swings at around 160 bpm with a light, airy melody while the trumpet plays lead. Additional features
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