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88 Basie Street
Retail Price: $56.00

Originally written for the Sammy Nestico "Dark Orchid" recording and later reprised on "A Portrait Of Sammy," this classic swing tune gives all of the solo work to piano -- first in the opening 48 bars, then again in the middle and ending segments. In between the band tackles a terrific double counterpoint chorus and carries a full ensemble shout. Altos and tenors double on flute.  standard jazz ensemble
After Mr. Teng
Retail Price: $95.00

As recorded by the Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band in 1980 for their Farewell To Mingus album, this fast bebop outing for proficient players features a big full-band opening, sax and brass section solis, and solo space for piano, tenor (or alto), and bass. Directors also have the option of repeating one solo chorus to feature trumpet as well. Duration ca. 6:00.   standard jazz ensemble
After The Rain
Retail Price: $56.00

The first chorus should be a two-beat feel before transitioning into a solid, straight-ahead 4-beat feel at the trombone chorus. Make sure the time has a sense of forward momentum throughout. The voicing at measure 69 sounds best if everyone takes some deep breaths and blows! Trombone figures must be short and crisp at measure 85, while saxes and trumpets are phrasing their lines. At measure 104 things should be nice and easy until the build-up at 108 for the ending.  standard jazz ensemble; trumpets double on flugelhorn
After You've Gone
Retail Price: $56.00

Marked "easy does it" at the start, this laidback swinger opens with a sax soli supported by bucket-muted brass figures. Solos for piano and/or guitar appear throughout, and the chart concludes with a warm, delicate touch.  standard jazz ensemble
Aha!
Retail Price: $56.00

Originally featured on the Yellowjackets' Altered State CD, this new big band version was commissioned by East Carolina University and is scheduled to appear on an upcoming Bob Mintzer Big Band CD. Elements of Brazilian samba and funk contribute to the unique groove of this interesting work for proficient groups. Two open solo sections offer experienced improvisers ample stretching room. Your band and your audiences will love this one! Duration 4:30.  standard jazz ensemble
Ain't Nobody Gettin' Younger
Retail Price: $56.00

Featured on the SWR Big Band CD Basie-cally Sammy, this medium tempo chart features two trumpet plunger duets, along with solos for trumpet, tenor and optional alto saxophone. Some solid full-ensemble work adds depth and dimension to this rewarding excursion.  standard jazz ensemble
Basically Blues
Retail Price: $56.00

As recorded by Buddy Rich on his Swingin' New Big Band album (Pacific Jazz), this classic chart features great sax solis, an irresistible ensemble shout, and solos for trombone and tenor. A modulation 12 bars from the end kicks things up a notch for a really big finish. Rhythm section parts are partially notated with chords cued. Duration 5:25.  standard jazz ensemble
Basie-Straight Ahead (Professional Version - As Recorded)
Retail Price: $56.00

As recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra, this bright swing classic opens with an improvised piano solo backed by rhythm section before the whole band jumps on board 28 bars later. Tenor sax and piano carry ad lib solos later on, and the final shout ends with piano playing the simple Basie signature we've all come to know and love. Rhythm section parts are partially notated with chords cued. Duration 6:30.  standard jazz ensemble
Beijo Inocente
Retail Price: $56.00

The Portuguese title of this Matt Harris original translates to The Innocent Kiss. Recorded by the Kluvers Big Band in Arhus, Denmark, this Brazilian samba appears on their CD Reflections featuring Matt's music as well as his piano playing. This work was commissioned by the 2003 University of Portland (OR) Jazz Festival directed by David Parker and features flugelhorn soloist; solo space is also allowed for piano and guitar. Rhythm section parts are partially notated with chords cued. Duration 7:45.  standard jazz ensemble plus solo flugelhorn; 1st Alto Sax doubles on soprano, trumpets double on flugelhorn
Biddle-De-Bop Samba, The
Retail Price: $95.00

One of ten tracks from the album The Danish Radio Big Band Plays Thad Jones (1997), this uptempo samba for experienced jazz bands features trumpet and soprano (or alto) sax first as a duo, then opens up so each one has the chance to step into the solo spotlight. A bop-style trombone soli and powerful band shout lead to a big finish. Rhythm section parts are partially notated with chords cued. Duration 5:00.    standard jazz ensemble; S(A)A(S)TTB saxes; opt. 5th Trumpet
Bird, The
Retail Price: $95.00

This adaptation of the Charlie Parker classic features a fast swing tempo and the bop-style lines you'd expect, but it also pays tribute to Bird by casting selected horns in intimate, combo-like settings within the full ensemble format. The solo work goes to lead alto, and alternating sax and brass solis culminate in a shout that takes this chart out strong.          standard jazz ensemble; 1st Alto doubles on soprano sax
Black Swamp, The
Retail Price: $13.50

The Black Swamp is adapted from the first movement of "Homeland Suite for Wind Ensemble," which won the Dallas Wind Symphony's composition contest in 2003 as a brass ensemble version. This composition is capricious...sometimes distant, sometimes forthcoming, but never intimate. Duration 3:30.  SATB Saxes
Blue Brews
Retail Price: $56.00

Recently recorded by the H2 Big Band on You're It! (Jazzed Media 1053), this driving shuffle for proficient groups is imaginative, skillfully orchestrated, and harmonically unique. Solo space is provided for baritone sax, trumpet and trombone. Duration 6:55.  standard jazz ensemble; altos double on flute
Blue Samuel
Retail Price: $56.00

Recorded on the SWR Big Band CD Fun Time and adapted from the tune Blue Daniel, this chart romps along in "four" instead of  "three" and sounds harder than it is. It features a sax chorus and solos by alto sax, tenor sax and trombone, along with some powerful ensemble choruses between optional solos. The tempo is a very comfortable 116 beats per minute. Saxophones and trombone play the melody on the first two choruses and a reprise at the end. Rhythm section parts are partially notated with chords cued.  standard jazz ensemble plus 5th Trumpet
Bonehead
Retail Price: $95.00

Fashioned after the playing of J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding, this moderate swing original casts the trombone section in a variety of starring roles -- solis, trading 'fours' with the rest of the band, and a short ad lib solo. Some sax soli work and a short trumpet solo give the 'bones a chance to rest their chops before the chart goes out strong. Duration 3:50.   standard jazz ensemble
Brazilian Affair
Retail Price: $95.00

Commissioned by the U.S. Air Force Airmen Of Note, this contemporary samba with a breezy groove features lots of tutti writing and a solo section for tenor sax that can be expanded at the director's discretion for additional trumpet and/or trombone solos. The final two bars are conducted to a quiet ending. Duration ca. 4:15.   standard jazz ensemble
Captain Hook
Retail Price: $56.00

Though listed as a fast swing, this original starts in a mambo feel and alternates between the two styles throughout. Reminiscent of the hard bop classics recorded by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, solos are provided for alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, and trumpet. The title originates from the catchy 3-note motive at the beginning of the melody that clearly becomes the song's "hook." This chart for proficient groups is sure to be a festival favorite! Duration 4:20.  standard jazz ensemble
Category 4
Retail Price: $56.00

This chart for proficient groups utilizes a driving Afro-Cuban 12/8 feel to simulate the power and tension of a full strength hurricane. When you're not experiencing mental images of a raging storm making landfall, you may imagine this music as the accompaniment to a motion picture action scene. Guitar has the designated solo, but additional soloists can be added as desired. Duration 5:30.  standard jazz ensemble plus 5th Trumpet
Celebracion
Retail Price: $56.00

Calling for crisp, well-accented horn articulations, this big band celebration in the jazz samba style is outstanding fare for any concert program. Several solo opportunities for your drummer keep the energy level high, while additional solo choruses are available for tenor sax and trumpet. The score calls for five trumpets and a part for vibes is also included.  standard jazz ensemble
Cellar Dweller
Retail Price: $56.00

This swing chart for proficient groups showcases a valuable, yet often overlooked member of the big band, the bass trombone. The melody is scored below the bass clef staff and into the pedal register, and is offset by dramatic ensemble punctuations before launching the soloist into a section of written or ad lib solos. The shout chorus incorporates dynamic exchanges between the ensemble and soloist, all leading to the low-note finale. Duration 4:00.  standard jazz ensemble
Charlie The Whale
Retail Price: $56.00

Written for Sammy's friend Charlie Lake, highlights in this well-articulated funk excursion include an amazing sax section soli, a full-length tenor sax solo chorus, followed by additional solos for alto, trumpet, trombone and piano. An all-out band shout brings everything to a memorable finish.  standard jazz ensemble
Chase Scene
Retail Price: $56.00

Grammy nominated jazz writer, trombonist and vocalist Pete McGuinness brings us this bright modal blues for proficient big bands. Modern-sounding lines and harmonies abound in this swinging chart from Pete's First Flight CD (Summit Records). Structured as a long-form modal blues in C minor, this chart will be a favorite with your soloists. A balanced combination of combo and big band writing is present in this well-crafted original. Duration 7:55.  standard jazz ensemble
Cherry Juice
Retail Price: $95.00

As recorded by the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra on the album New Life, this fast swing 'opus' starts with a full-band statement and a short piano solo before the flugelhorn soloist steps into the spotlight. Then tenor carries a solo chorus, followed by a powerful ensemble shout, an incredible sax soli, a 16-bar piano solo, a short band recap of the main theme, and closing coda. Duration 5:45.    standard jazz ensemble with SS(A)TTB saxes & solo flugelhorn
Christmas Jazz Suite, A
Retail Price: $13.50

In this creative suite featuring uptempo swing and bossa nova styles, the solos for tenor and bari are to be played as written, while those for both altos may be played as written or improvised. Total duration 5:30. Jingle Bells; We Wish You A Merry Christmas; Jolly Old St. Nicholas 2 Altos, Tenor and Baritone Saxes
Components
Retail Price: $56.00

This contemporary fast swing chart for proficient groups utilizes dense clusters, challenging chord changes, and unpredictable form lengths. Starting soft, it builds gradually and ends big, covering the full range of big band expression from organic subtlety to brawny power. Solo space is provided for tenor sax, trombone and drums. Duration ca. 7:40.  standard jazz ensemble; 4th Trumpet doubles on flugelhorn
Computer
Retail Price: $56.00

As recorded by the Bob Mintzer Big Band on Incredible Journey, a recurring melodic motif, driving funk groove, and fully-voiced harmonic landscape give this chart real substance and audience appeal. Solos are assigned to alto and tenor sax, and paying very careful attention to articulations throughout will yield best results. Rhythm section parts are partially notated with chords cued. Duration 9:20.  standard jazz ensemble; 3 trumpets have opt. flugelhorn double
Consummation
Retail Price: $95.00

As recorded by the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra on the Blue Note album of the same name, this lyrical showcase for flugelhorn and piano soloists also features impressive full-band and sax soli passages. Contrasts between open and muted brasses also make a memorable contribution to the emotional landscape. Duration 5:08  standard jazz ensemble plus F horns (4) & tuba; saxes have opt. doubles on flute (1st Alto), clarinet (2nd Alto & tenors), and bass clarinet (bari); 2nd Trumpet doubles on flugelhorn
Crusade
Retail Price: $95.00

This fast swing original is a challenging workout for the whole band from beginning to end. Tenor sax and/or trombone are featured in the main solo section midway through, followed by a series of short drumset and conga solos that punctuate the remaining portion of the chart to sustain momentum. The ending is strong and dramatic. Duration 8:00.   standard jazz ensemble plus opt. 5th Trumpet, opt. 5th Bass Trombone or Tuba, Congas
Dancing Men
Retail Price: $56.00

Recorded by Buddy Rich on the album Rich In London (RCA), this well-crafted excursion gives the drummer a real workout from start to finish and showcases a recurring presentation of the folk theme by soprano (or alto), tenor and trumpet. Horn soloists include tenor sax and trombone, and the drummer has an open solo just before the final shout. Rhythm section parts are partially notated with chords cued. Duration 6:00+.  standard jazz ensemble; S(A)AT(S)TB saxes; opt. guitar
Deck The Halls
Retail Price: $56.00

This creative, funk-style arrangement of the popular Welsh air is featured on The Adventures In Jazz Orchestra Celebrates Christmas CD. As the arranger puts it, this is a party song and the party has a really rockin' big band, making it one you won't want to miss!  standard jazz ensemble
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Retail Price: $9.95

Capable quartets will love this impressive arrangement of the great Duke Ellington classic. The easy swinging adaptation offers each player a turn at the melody and features a written soprano (or alto) solo, along with a tightly harmonized soli. Baritone sax provides the momentum with a characteristic walking bass part. Duration 2:35.  S(A)ATB Saxes
Don't Git Sassy
Retail Price: $95.00

 As recorded by the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra on their Live At The Village Vanguard album, this spirited shuffle puts proficient bands through the paces. Articulations and rhythms must be played accurately for best results, and solos for piano, trumpets 2-4, and tenor sax are included. Duration 7:20.    standard jazz ensemble with A(S)ATTB saxes
El Caborojeno
Retail Price: $56.00

This brisk salsa features an Earth, Wind & Fire unison horn theme over a percolating Latin groove. Bob recommends listening to his CD, Latin From Manhattan, before rehearsing it, and suggests working separately with horns and rhythm section before having them play together. Duration ca. 4:00.  standard jazz ensemble minus guitar
Elvin's Mambo
Retail Price: $95.00

As recorded by the Bob Mintzer Big Band, this driving Latin mambo emulates the sound of drummer Elvin Jones. Both solo choruses can be opened up for additional players; chord changes are provided in the 1st Tenor, 4th Trumpet and 2nd Trombone parts. The chart finishes with a big dramatic sound. Duration ca. 5:35.    standard jazz ensemble
Endless Summer
Retail Price: $56.00

This is a program arrangement in four tempos - an easy classical introduction; a jazz waltz; a swinging four; and back to the introduction material to wrap it up. This material contains original ideas from an arrangement Sammy did for Pat Boone called "Stairway To Heaven."  standard jazz ensemble
Evol Deklaw Ni
Retail Price: $95.00

With improvised solos for soprano sax (or piano) and trumpet, this medium-tempo swinger for capable players features plenty of soli writing for the sax section, a shout chorus for the whole band, and a strong finish. Duration 8:40.   standard jazz ensemble plus 5th Trumpet; S(A)ATTB saxes
Farewell, The
Retail Price: $95.00

As recorded by the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra on their Suite For Pops album, this third part of the Suite has a heavy swing shuffle feel, half-plunger trumpet duets, plunger solos for trombone, and a solo chorus for piano. Duration 5:15.    standard jazz ensemble plus 2 F horns & conga; S(A)TTB saxes
Film At Eleven
Retail Price: $95.00

Commissioned by the CSULA Jazz Band directed by Robert Curnow, this contemporary original in two styles -- fast rock and swing -- is a challenging workout for all and features an intense, edgy sound that today's audiences (and players) will love. Solos for alto, trumpet and drums are highlights. Duration 7:30.    standard jazz ensemble plus opt. 5th Trumpet, opt. tuba or bass trombone & opt. conga
Fingers
Retail Price: $95.00

As recorded by the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra on their Consummation album, this speedy bebop classic is a fabulous showcase for just about any number of soloists. A fully-voiced sax soli, rousing band shout, piano solo, and final ensemble shout with a dramatic directed ending brings it all to a satisfying close. Duration 10:35.    standard jazz ensemble; 1st Alto Sax doubles on Soprano, 2nd Alto Sax doubles on flute
First Flight
Retail Price: $56.00

The title track of the Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra's CD (Summit Records DCD 481), this bright samba for proficient groups has an uplifting feel. Filled with dynamic shading and catchy grooves, this "flight" will take audiences on a rewarding journey. Plenty of melodic and supporting work is provided for each section of the band. Solos are offered for trumpet, tenor saxophone, piano, and drums. Colorful chord structures and accessible modal changes are perfect for adventurous soloists. Duration 7:30.  standard jazz ensemble
Flight Of The Bumble-Bee
Retail Price: $11.50

This Rimsky-Korsakov classic is a virtuosic type of melody in perpetual motion. In order to sustain that continuous motion and allow players the chance to catch a breath, the melody here alternates between the altos -- it should sound seamless, as though just one person is playing the tune. Duration 2:00  AATB Saxes
Four Of Us, The
Retail Price: $56.00

Recorded by Count Basie as a feature for two trombones, Sammy's updated revision now features four trombones out front and a strong ensemble chorus. Rhythm section parts are partially notated with chords cued.  standard jazz ensemble
Freckle Face (Out of Stock - Available Soon)
Retail Price: $56.00

As recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra on their Basie Big Band album, this easy swing excursion for proficient players has all the ingredients you'd expect from a classic Basie chart -- tasteful piano fills, lots of solid ensemble work, and a full-length solo for trumpet (as written or ad lib). Rhythm section parts are partially notated with chords cued. Duration 5:45.  standard jazz ensemble; 1st Alto Sax doubles on flute; trumpets double on flugelhorn
Free Flight!
Retail Price: $56.00

This high-flying chart stars the whole band in striking conversational exchanges between sections and all together in an awesome unison shout! Guitar, trumpet, tenor and trombone are the designated soloists, and each set includes a supplemental part for synthesizer.  standard jazz ensemble
Freedom Song
Retail Price: $56.00

As recorded by the Bob Mintzer Big Band on the album Swing Out (MCG Jazz), this loose swing original is a perfect programming choice for proficient groups. Based on the C Ionian mode, the composer uses a complex and dense harmonic approach as evidenced in voicings throughout this innovative work. Due to the chord clusters, blend and balance are of utmost importance. A solo is provided for trumpet, during which time the rhythm section allows the player space to improvise freely before initiating a groove. Duration 7:15  standard jazz ensemble
Fun Time
Retail Price: $56.00

As recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra on their classic Basie-Straight Ahead album, this swingin' number will bring a smile to players and listeners alike as solo piano takes center stage from start to finish. Some suggested solo lines are provided, and the ensemble writing features quintessential figures and voicings for all. Rhythm section parts are partially notated with chords cued.  standard jazz ensemble plus F horns (2) & tuba
Go Go
Retail Price: $56.00

This funk chart was originally recorded by the Yellowjackets for their Time Squared CD. Filled with unexpected twists and turns, this big band version requires a triplet-based swing feel similar to hip-hop. As always, paying careful attention to dynamics and articulations will render a more impressive performance. Duration 6:40.  standard jazz ensemble
Good Time Was Had By All, A
Retail Price: $95.00

As recorded by the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra on their 1972 album Suite For Pops, soprano sax gets the lion's share of solo action in this bright swinger, with additional solos for tenor, trumpet and drums added for good measure. Plenty of bold tutti writing keeps the overall energy (and volume) level high, making this a great program opener or closer. Duration 5:30.  standard jazz ensemble with SATTB saxes
Great Northern Express
Retail Price: $56.00

Commissioned by the Northern Michigan University Jazz Ensemble, this jubilant tone poem portrays the Great Northern Railway that ran for a century from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Ocean. Beginning quietly in the distance, the chart builds steadily through a series of colorful variations and roars by at full throttle five minutes later. The fast swing "train" groove drops a beat every four measures (4-4-4-3) from start to finish. This is truly a marvel of modern jazz ensemble writing for proficient groups by one of the nation's most innovative composers. Duration 6:00.  standard jazz ensemble
Groove Merchant
Retail Price: $56.00

Listed in "Teaching Music through Performance in Jazz" (GIA Publications) and recorded by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra on their Central Park North album, this great collaboration between band member Jerome Richardson (composer) and Thad Jones (arranger) has become an established standard for better bands. It's a mighty swinger with an edgy melody line, contemporary voicings, and lots of section work that's guaranteed to bring an audience to their feet. Changes for the open solo section are provided for soprano (or alto) sax, trumpet, trombone and piano/guitar. Rhythm section parts are partially notated with chords cued. Duration 5:30.   standard jazz ensemble; S(A)ATTB saxes