Nobody does cha-cha like Michael Mossman. This inventive original features a smooth harmonic structure and a nice blend of innovative melodies with carefully crafted accompaniment figures. The solo
A tour-de-force for advanced groups, this 2015 Grammy-nominated arrangement is the original Stephen Foster waltz refitted as a medium-bright samba in 4/4 time. Featuring a smooth and lyrical melody over a
I'm Free is one of the many great tunes from The Who's rock opera "Tommy." With a nod to Mario Bauz and Tito Puente, Rick Hirsch has reimagined this classic rock anthem as a high energy mambo. The
Here's the chart that won first place in the 2015 Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble Composition Contest. It's a one-of-a-kind work with a compelling musical narrative, unique soundscape, and a tune that won't go
This jazz fusion classic by Chick Corea was recorded by Stan Getz in 1972 and also by Chick Corea with his group Return to Forever on the landmark album Light as a Feather. In this exciting version for
Rich DeRosa has created a marvelous Latin composition in a Baiao feel that comes out of the gate roaring! The very hip melody is stated by flute, soprano and alto saxohones, trumpet and piano. There's
One of the masters of contemporary big band arranging, the late, great Fred Sturm completely captures the Steely Dan vibe in this arrangement of The Goodbye Look. Originally arranged for the WDR
Master composer Patrick Williams has created a superior chart in every way with Aurora. It is a roaring samba at 120 bpm with optional horns in F, full instrumentation, two auxiliary
Here's the full big-band version of Gordon Goodwin's The Cannonball Run! It's a high-energy Latin/pop cooker that moves along at a pretty good clip, around 240 bpm. The saxophone lead is
Commissioned by the South Carolina Band Director's Association, Finya Wulo (or Mende Funeral Song), is written using a distinctive 12/8 "bembe" feel in a moderate tempo. The scoring utilizes a
Latin music should be a part of every jazz group's repertoire. You'll enjoy the fire and rhythmic emphasis of this chart, as well as the harmonic and melodic richness. With the half note equaling 108
Commissioned by the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors, this Eric Richards chart shines new light on the beauty and depth of this classic Beatles hit. An up-tempo Brazilian groove gives way to hints of samba and
This groundbreaking arrangement was written by George Russell in 1947 for the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band. It was first recorded live at Carnegie Hall then recorded at one of the last sessions Dizzy Gillespie
This exciting Afro-Cuban composition is the opening cut from the 1993 album 944 Columbus, the final recoding by Mario Bauza, one of the most influential figures in the development of Latin jazz. The title
Gordon Goodwin writes Latin charts like no one else! A Latin songo groove, this chart has auxiliary percussion, soprano lead with optional alto 1 part and a hip piano montuno. The lead trumpet range is to
Tasty and groovy with a funky Latin groove, this tune was composed by Dave Grusin and arranged by Gordon to feature Dave and guitarist Lee Ritenour on the Big Phat Band CD, Act Your Age. If you have a piano
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