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"The Nearness of You"
Written By; Ned Washington and Hoagy Carmichael
Arranged By: Dave Hanson
Instrumentation: Big Band with Vocalist
Publisher: Kendor Music, Inc.
Grade 3 Ballad Tempo (Quarter Note) q = 72 $42.00
The key to performing this chart is to understand the feel and attitude of the piece. It may help to think of this arrangement as being similar in style to the Neal Hefti charts for Count Basie.
This arrangement should be primarily be played with a relaxed swing feel, but note that there are places where even eight-notes are indicated: measure17-25 in the saxes and measures 23-25 in trombones. Be sure to return to the swing feeling though in measure 25.
It is important to adhere to the written dynamics and articulations, but the director may choose to bring the ensemble dynamics down to balance with the vocalist. An optional tenor saxophone solo part is provided for ensembles without a vocalist. The director may want to share the solos duties if he/she has both of these soloists within the ensemble.
The ensemble shout chorus at measure 47 should be played in the easy, relaxed “Hefti-ish” style mentioned above, with an emphasis on the layed-back aspect of this style. Do not allow the group to rush, especially the triplet rhythms.
Top note for trumpet is written high C above the staff