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3-2-1-0 - Oliver Nelson After You've Gone (for Woody Herman) - arr. Bill Holman All The Things You Are - arr. Don Sebesky
3-2-1-0 - Oliver Nelson
Retail Price: $55.00
As recorded on the brilliant recording "A Dream Deferred" (Flying Dutchman CYL2-1449), by the Oliver Nelson Orchestra.  Holman has done a few arrangements of this tune, and this one may well be the best.  This chart is from the I REMEMBER BILL - a tribute to Bill Evans  CD arranged and conducted by Don Sebesky! All of these incredible pieces require a mature band, soloists and woodwind doublers.
Almost Like Being In Love (Pro) - arr. Don Sebesky Artistry Jumps - Stan Kenton Begin the Beguine (for Doc) - arr. Bill Holman
Artistry Jumps - Stan Kenton
Retail Price: $55.00
 This is a fast-paced, swinging chart, with lots of solo space for trumpet and  baritone saxophone.  Exactly as recorded on the Kenton / Capitol Retrospective CD (and the original Milestones LP).  As recorded on "Tonight Show Band, Vol.
Bernie's Tune - arr. Gene Roland Big Chase, The - Marty Paich Bill, Not Gil - Don Sebesky
Big Chase, The - Marty Paich
Retail Price: $70.00
Bill, Not Gil - Don Sebesky
Retail Price: $60.00
 This was recorded on the Stan Kenton Orchestra CD Live at the Tropicana.  As recorded on the CD "Back to Balboa" (and many other albums), this sensational piece moves along at a fast tempo, featuring solo space (the blues) for alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, trombone and drums.  This chart is from the I REMEMBER BILL - a tribute to Bill Evans  CD arranged and conducted by Don Sebesky! All of these incredible pieces require a mature band, soloists and woodwind doublers.
Birds of a Feather arr. Rich DeRosa Blues And The Abstract Truth - Oliver Nelson Blues Story, The - Gene Roland
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The brilliant Rich DeRosa wrote this extraordinary original piece for the North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band. It is recorded on the CD “ Lab 2018.” There are solos for soprano sax and piano. Sierra Music decided to publish this because it is one of the most original, exciting and ground-breaking pieces to be written for big band in a long time. This is definitely music for a mature band. Once you hear this, you will want your band to play it. Thank you Rich for keeping the jazz ensemble literature so beautiful. 5-5-5-4
$75.00
 This chart is the exact, original one that Oliver Nelson wrote for his terrific recording More Blues and the Abstract Truth. Here is a slow, gutty, "down-home" type of blues written for and recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra on the Adventures In Blues album.
Body and Soul - arr. John Bambridge Boop Boo Be Doop - Bill Holman Bugle Call Rag - arr. Bill Holman
 This is a remarkable chart that features tenor saxophone throughout.  Bill Holman wrote some of the best music played by the Stan Kenton Orchestra and "Boop Boo Be Doop" is surely one of those charts.  As recorded by the Tonight Show Band on "Once More With Feeling" (Amherst),  this wonderful chart is the hottest "flag-waver" of all time.
C Jam Blues - arr. Bill Holman Certain Circles - Bill Holman Cherokee - Bill Holman
Certain Circles - Bill Holman
Retail Price: $50.00
Cherokee - Bill Holman
Retail Price: $60.00
 This great chart is recorded (1999) on the Azica CD "Swingin' the Blues.  Holman really gets into his imitative writing with this chart.  As recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra  on "Contemporary Concepts," this publication completes the goal of getting this entire watershed recording into print.
Chicago - arr. Mike Abene Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! - arr. Bill Holman Daily Dance, The - Bill Holman
Chicago - arr. Mike Abene
Retail Price: $65.00
 Chicago is a high-energy, big band bebop arrangement on the popular standard that Mike wrote for Maynard Ferguson's band.  This is a wonderful chart, an old tune in a new dress, as only Bill Holman can do it.  The Daily Dance was recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra on the CD "Birthday in Britain.
Doctor is Out, The (for Doc) - Bob Curnow Donna Lee - arr. Bill Holman Empty Ballroom  Blues - arr. Oliver Nelson
Donna Lee - arr. Bill Holman
Retail Price: $65.00
 This was written for Doc Severinsen to premier at the Midwest Band & Orchestra Conference.  This chart is not for the faint-of-heart.  Nelson wrote an album for Johnny Hodges (Black, Brown and Beautiful, RCA) featuring the compositions of Duke Ellington and also some of his original things.
Fascinating Rhythm - arr. Bill Russo Frame for the Blues - Slide Hampton Frank Speaking - Bill Russo
Frank Speaking - Bill Russo
Retail Price: $55.00
 Russo always created wonderfully interesting (and challenging) arrangements of standard tunes.  Finally, Slide Hampton's incredible music is in print.  The Stan Kenton Orchestra was always an ideal showcase for the outstanding soloists within its ranks.
Genghis Khan - Ray Starling Git, The - Bill Holman Gladly - Don Sebesky
Genghis Khan - Ray Starling
Retail Price: $60.00
Git, The - Bill Holman
Retail Price: $60.00
Gladly - Don Sebesky
Retail Price: $60.00
 This is a great chart to feature your drummer and the entire ensemble! Starting out with a bombastic Eastern-sounding introduction (ala Genghis Khan), it then launches into a hard-driving minor blues stated by the trombone, trumpet and tenor saxophone.  This chart was recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra on the CD "I Told You So.  This is movement 1 of Don's "Joyful Noise Suite" (a tribute to Duke Ellington).
Go East, Young Man - Slide Hampton Gon Gong - arr. Oliver Nelson Hamp's Boogie Woogie - arr. John Bambridge
Gon Gong - arr. Oliver Nelson
Retail Price: $60.00
 Finally, Slide Hampton's incredible music is in print.  Oliver Nelson delivers great arrangement after great arrangement, and this one is no exception! A quick, uptempo swing tune, "Gon Gong" is the perfect "opener" for any program.  This great chart is recorded on the "Tonight Show Band, Volume II " CD (Amherst Records).
Happy Birthday To You - arr. Bill Holman Hit and Run - Denis DiBlasio Honeysuckle Rose - arr. Bill Holman
Hit and Run - Denis DiBlasio
Retail Price: $50.00
 A fun-filled, exciting chart on the old tune.  Talk about a Flag-Waver !!! The Maynard Ferguson Band recorded this on their Footpath Cafe CD.  As recorded by the Tonight Show Band on "Once More With Feeling" (Amherst), this bright, swinging chart is a blast !  Bill Holman is at his best, weaving descending unison lines with the tune stated by trumpet and tenor sax (both of which are given solo space).
I Am - Omar Thomas I Didn't Ask - Bill Holman I'll Be Around - arr. Bill Holman
I Am - Omar Thomas
Retail Price: $70.00
I Didn't Ask - Bill Holman
Retail Price: $50.00
 In 2012 we introduced Omar Thomas to the list of Sierra composers and arrangers.  Recorded on the A View From the Side CD by the Bill Holman Band, this chart is a slow blues, with Willis taking a VERY different approach.  Boy, you talk about a wonderful Trombone Feature .
I've Got You Under My Skin - arr. Bill Holman I.U. Swing Machine - David Baker In Lighter Vein - Bill Holman
In Lighter Vein - Bill Holman
Retail Price: $50.00
 This may be the all-time greatest jazz arrangement of a standard tune.  David Baker's music is wonderful to play because of its originality and sense of adventure.  Recorded in 1954 for the recording Kenton Showcase this chart is an alto saxophone feature throughout.
Indiana - arr. Bill Holman Intermission Riff - Ray Wetzel Invention for Guitar and Trumpet - Bill Holman
Indiana - arr. Bill Holman
Retail Price: $55.00
 Here is another chart written for Stan Kenton (in the mid-1950's), that was never recorded by the band.  Finally, the up-to-date version that the Kenton Band played right up until the end.  Once used in the Blackboard Jungle movie, this piece is one of Holman's earliest compositions to be recorded by Kenton.
Isn't She Lovely (for Doc) - arr. Bill Holman It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing - arr. Tommy Newsom It's Glory - arr. Oliver Nelson
Bill wrote a chart on this wonderful Stevie Wonder tune for his own band and also for the Tonight Show Band.  This chart was one of the staples in the Tonight Show Band book, and they performed this often.  Nelson wrote an album for Johnny Hodges (Black, Brown and Beautiful, RCA) featuring the compositions of Duke Ellington and also some of his original things.
Jumpin' at the Woodside - arr. Tommy Newsom Just Friends - arr. Bill Holman Just Friends - arr. Tommy Newsom
 Count Basie's great tune gets a smashing treatment from the master arranger Tommy Newsom.  This an absolutely amazing chart, demanding and exciting beyond belief!  The chart is extensive in length and packed full of the great writing for which Bill is known.  As recorded by the Tonight Show Band on "Once More With Feeling" (Amherst), this is one of Tommy's "classic" charts .
Knarf - Michael Abene Lambeau Leap - Fred Sturm Limehouse Blues - arr. Bill Holman
Knarf - Michael Abene
Retail Price: $55.00
Lambeau Leap - Fred Sturm
Retail Price: $65.00
 Another great chart from Maynard Ferguson's Birdland Dream Band Library.  Composer Fred Sturm has written a wonderful and exciting shuffle tune which features tenor saxophone, trumpet and drums.  This is another of the many wonderful charts arranged by Holman for the Stan Kenton Orchestra.
Little Minor Booze, A - Willie Maiden Love Walked In - arr. Kim Richmond Madly - Don Sebesky
Madly - Don Sebesky
Retail Price: $60.00
 This great Kenton classic, as recorded on the album "Live from Redlands University," is a swinging, happy chart which allows for lots of blowing space and is combined with great ensemble sections.  This chart is recorded on the sensational CD titled "Passages" by the Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra.  This is movement 3 of Don's "Joyful Noise Suite" (a tribute to Duke Ellington).
Never Sleep (MM3 The Big Street) Noseprints - Neil Slater Oh Lawd, I'm On My Way - arr. Bill Potts
Noseprints - Neil Slater
Retail Price: $60.00
 This is the third movement of the three-part suite titled "The Big Street" which was recorded on the album "The Fabulous Bill Holman" in 1957.  Written for and recorded by the North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band (Lab'99), this chart is a wonderful mix of an even-eighth feel and swing feel with the usual, wonderfully-interesting writing of Neil Slater.  The quintessential Flag-Waver (as recorded on the 1959 album "The Jazz Soul of Porgy and Bess", featuring the Bill Potts Big Band), this one is a real romp through a happy tune and a brilliant chart, arranged to feature everyone in the band.
Old Man River - arr. Willie Maiden On Green Dolphin Street - arr. Michael Abene On The Corner (MM2 - Street Suite) - Bill Holman
 As recorded by the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra on the "Newport" album, this clever Willie Maiden arrangement is set in three sections - ballad, medium swing and fast swing.  This is a great, HOT chart from Maynard's Dream Band book.  On the Corner is a moderate tempoed blues .
Poor Butterfly - arr. John Bambridge Rabble Rouser – arr. Billy Byers Resisting Arrest (MM4 - Street Suite) - Bill Holman
 As recorded by the Tonight Show Band on "Once More With Feeling" (Amherst), John's arrangement (to quote Doc Severinsen), is a "masterpiece.

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The Count Basie Orchestra
did-does the “barn burner” charts better than almost any other big band. This Billy Byers original starts out hot and never cools down. The tenor saxophone is the chosen soloist, and the full ensemble writing just keeps on keepin’ on.

Talk about lifting your audience out of their chairs; WOW! This one will do it. 5-4-4-4 $55.00

 The finale to this wonderful suite is set at a fast pace, with a great theme (unison trombones and tenors to start) and lots of solo spaces for tenor sax, trumpet and drums.
Rooms for Tourists - Paul Ferguson Round Robin - Shorty Rogers Royal Blue - arr. Bill Holman
Round Robin - Shorty Rogers
Retail Price: $60.00
Royal Blue - arr. Bill Holman
Retail Price: $65.00
 This is a wonderful chart by the recent winner of the Gil Evans Fellowship sponsored by the IAJE.  This amazing chart was recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra and released on the By Request-Volume One album.  Bill Holman's compositions in the library of the Stan Kenton Orchestra were some of the most exciting pieces ever conceived for jazz orchestra.
Sax Alley - John Bambridge Separately Together - Neil Slater Shades (MM1 - Street Suite) - Bill Holman
Sax Alley - John Bambridge
Retail Price: $55.00
 As recorded by Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show Band on "Volume One"(Amherst),  this is a red-hot feature for two tenor saxophones (recorded by Pete Christlieb and Ernie Watts).  Neil brings us yet another brilliant, original piece in the ECM style.  Shades opens with a drum solo (brushes on snare) in a medium tempo and swings on from there.
Sing, Sing, Sing - arr. Tommy Newsom Singing Oyster, The (Edited) – (Dee Barton/Edited by Bob Curnow) Singing Oyster, The (Pro) – Dee Barton
 Tommy takes this old tune and turns it on its head.

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This is one of the most popular charts on the “Jazz Compositions of Dee Barton” recording by the Stan Kenton Orchestra. This is an edited version arranged for standard big band instrumentation (works great). Starting lightly with unison saxophones, in a lilting, bright, swinging ¾, the chart then adds brass backgrounds, growing in intensity and leading to the trumpet solo. That solo is then followed by some of the coolest (and most challenging) ensemble writing ever. There is a good bit of unison line playing by everyone in the band. The drums then bring the full band into a shout chorus that lifts you out of your chair. There is a return to the lighter side for a bit and then back to the roaring shout. It all finishes with a cute piano finish on sol do (those solfeggio classes finally came in handy). 5-4-4-4
$ 65.00

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This is one of the most popular charts on the “Jazz Compositions of Dee Barton” recording by the Stan Kenton Orchestra. This is the original arrangement as recorded by Kenton. There is an edited version arranged for standard big band instrumentation. Starting lightly with unison saxophones, in a lilting, bright, swinging ¾, the chart then adds brass backgrounds, growing in intensity and leading to the trumpet solo. That solo is then followed by some of the coolest (and most challenging) ensemble writing ever. There is a good bit of unison line playing by everyone in the band. The drums then bring the full band into a shout chorus that lifts you out of your chair. There is a return to the lighter side for a bit and then back to the roaring shout. It all finishes with a cute piano finish on sol do (those solfeggio classes finally came in handy). (Standard 5 saxophones, 5 trumpets, 4 trombones, tuba, piano, bass and drums) 5-5-5-3
$ 65.00

Solo For Buddy - Bill Holman Some Links for Brother Ted - David Baker Spring Wind - Geoff Keezer
Solo For Buddy - Bill Holman
Retail Price: $50.00
Spring Wind - Geoff Keezer
Retail Price: $60.00
 Buddy Childers, that is! Willis wrote this for Buddy in 1954, and it is recorded on the Kenton Showcase album (This music is available from Mosaic Records in their Russo/Holman CD set.  This is a great blues chart, and there are never enough of those!  Lots of blowing space for lots of players makes this a fun-filled romp through the blues. This is a drum set feature which really shows off your drummer.
St. Louis Blues (for Doc) - arr. Bill Holman Stairway To The Stars - arr. Bill Holman Stella By Starlight (arr. Slide Hampton)
 As recorded by the Tonight Show Band on "Once More With Feeling" (Amherst), Holman takes a fresh look at this wonderful old jazz standard.  Another terrific feature chart by Bill Holman. As published on A Message From Birdland by the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra, this arrangement of “Stella By Starlight” is dedicated to Locksley “Slide” Hampton. Travel between styles as this chart moves smoothly from ballad to Latin to medium swing to fast swing. A strong trumpet soloist can really show their metal here. Come for the classic melody, stay for the solos, and get swept along by the intricate rhythms. 5-4-4-3
Step Right Up - Oliver Nelson Stolen Moments - Oliver Nelson Stompin' at the Savoy - arr. Bill Holman
Step Right Up - Oliver Nelson
Retail Price: $55.00
 As recorded on the brilliant CD Afrique, by the Count Basie Orchestra, and also (in another form) by the Buddy Rich Band on the CD Swingin' New Big Band.  This, of course, is Oliver Nelson's best known jazz standard.  If there is one chart which seems to capture the essence of Stan's mid-fifties bands, this is the one! The chart swings like mad from downbeat to the end.
Stop-Go (MM3 - Street Suite) - Bill Holman String of Pearls - arr. Gene Roland Sunshinola - Bill Holman
Sunshinola - Bill Holman
Retail Price: $65.00
 As the title implies, this chart does not rest for a moment.  This is NOT the Glenn Miller version of this tune.   As recorded on the new CD "Hommage", Holman has written a witty, musical, fun-filled "fantasy" on the well-known American tune (as in "You are my.
Swing House - Gerry Mulligan Swizzle, The - Benny Carter Take the "A" Train - arr. Rich DeRosa
Swing House - Gerry Mulligan
Retail Price: $50.00
Swizzle, The - Benny Carter
Retail Price: $60.00
 Mulligan's writing for the Kenton Band was fairly minimal in quantity but extraordinary in quality. Sierra Music is pleased to announce the addition of another great Benny Carter composition recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra on their incredible album The Legend! "The Swizzle" is an uptempo, fast-swing tune that starts with a bang and swings hard all the way to the end.   Ever heard of "Take the A Train?" Not like this you haven't! Another ingenious arrangement from the towering Rich DeRosa, this up-tempo swing chart is a journey through creative waters from beginning to end and will not disappoint.
Take the “A” Train (Edited) – arr. Don Sebesky Theme and Variations - Bill Holman There Will Never Be Another You - arr. Bill Holman

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Of all the arrangements done of this iconic Strayhorn/Ellington standard, Don Sebesky’s chart, written for the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra (and recorded numerous times) ranks as one of the best, most creative and challenging versions. Bob Curnow has complimented the chart by scoring it for standard big band instrumentation (5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, bass and drums.) This one really moves, and it will move your band and audiences. 5-4-4-3
$65.00

 Recorded in 1953 on the Kenton Showcase album (This music is available from Mosaic Records in their Russo/Holman CD set.  This is one of the great "unrecorded" (or "missing") solo features written for the Stan Kenton Orchestra.
Three Thoughts - Dee Barton Tico Tico - arr. Bill Holman Tree Frog - Bill Holman
Three Thoughts - Dee Barton
Retail Price: $60.00
Tico Tico - arr. Bill Holman
Retail Price: $65.00
Tree Frog - Bill Holman
Retail Price: $55.00
What a dynamic chart this is! It is included on the CD recording The Jazz Compositions of Dee Barton (1967).  As recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra (Creative World CD) on  " Live at Redlands University",   this chart is a rip-roaring latin and swing chart that just flies along.  This chart was recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra on the CD "I Told You So.
Turtle Talk - Dee Barton Unison Riff - Pete Rugolo West Side (MM 1 The Big Street)
Turtle Talk - Dee Barton
Retail Price: $60.00
Unison Riff - Pete Rugolo
Retail Price: $50.00
   As recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra on "Adventures in Jazz" (and elsewhere), this may be the best thing Dee ever wrote for Stan.    This chart has appeared on a couple of different albums over the years (Kenton Classics and Hits).  This is the first movement of the three-part suite titled The Big Street which was recorded on the album The Fabulous Bill Holman in 1957.
Where's Teddy (pro v.) - Willie Maiden Wink - Neil Slater Woodrow - Bill Holman
Wink - Neil Slater
Retail Price: $55.00
Woodrow - Bill Holman
Retail Price: $65.00
This is the original chart as played and recorded by Maynard Ferguson's Birdland Dream Band.  Neil Slater, the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas, is a superb composer.  Bill Holman has created a rollicking, swinging, wonderful tribute to Woody Herman with this great chart.
World is Waiting for the Sunrise, The - arr. Bill Holman Zamboni - Bill Holman Zoot 'n' Al - Bill Holman
Zamboni - Bill Holman
Retail Price: $65.00
Zoot 'n' Al - Bill Holman
Retail Price: $65.00
 This wonderful chart is recorded on "Tonight Show Band, Vol.  What a marvelous chart this is! The "engine" which keeps on going is a 4-bar vamp in the rhythm section.  As recorded on the new CD The Bill Holman Band Live, this chart features two tenor saxophone players throughout, playing together and separately.
Zoot - Bill Holman
Zoot - Bill Holman
Retail Price: $55.00
 Holman wrote this to feature (of course) Zoot Sims on tenor saxophone.