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Rich DeRosa, professor of jazz arranging and composition at the University of North Texas (https://jazz.unt.edu/derosa), has contributed quite a few new pieces to our catalog in the past couple of years. Recorded by the UNT One O'Clock Lab Band, Roundabout is a wonderful setting for tenor sax and bass explorations ...... together and separately. Very reasonable brass ranges wamke this a very playable and hip chart. I think you'll really like it. I've known Rich since he was a young pup. His dad Clem was a dear friend with whom I served many years on the boards of NAJE and IAJE. Rich's writing continues to inspire me and others with his originality and great musical sense. I'm happy too have Rich in our stable of composers.


We now have 38 charts in print written by Les Hooper. In my humble opinion Shabadop is one of the coolest things Les has ever written. If you like triplets, you'll love this chart. There is also the possibility of adding vocal parts to it as it was originally recorded with the Singers Unlimited. Les and I go back a long way. I met him in Chicago in 1974 while I was producing and recording the Kenton album Kenton Plays Chicago. We were doing the session at Universal Studios where Les was often working as a jingle and film composer. We hit it off then and have been good friends for almost 45 years. We also produced his great album Look What They've Done at Creative World. He had a
Grammy nomination for the title chart.


50 and Counting is a rip-roaring swinger that Vern Sielert wrote in commemoration of the 50th year of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho. I love Vern's writing, and he really stepped up with this original piece. I first became aware of Vern when he contacted me regarding a transcription he did of Bill Russo's iconic Portrait of a Count. He was in the One O'Clock Lab Band at North Texas at the time. I asked Bill to look it over (the original score and parts were gone), and he gave his blessing to go forward with putting it into print with Sierra. Vern is a wonderful person, arranger and composer. I think about all of these great people writing for us, and I am amazed and humbled.


I'm sorry if this has seemed like a sales pitch (well, I guess it was), but it is a different time of year. It's time to brag about all of the newest things being added to our catalog. This is the FUN part of the year; not only because of the new releases, but also because MY work is done for a few weeks. I'll be right back at it come September. But, in the meantime, I think I'll explore this thing they call summer vacation. You all have a great summer, and please stay tuned for more history of Sierra and personal memories. Thank you for reading. Until the next one .............


-Bob

bob@sierramusic.com