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Written and Arranged by: Matt Harris
Instrumentation: Big Band
Publisher: Kendor Music, Inc.
Grade 5 Latin/Samba Tempo = 112 $47.00
“Turn Around” is a Matt Harris original that uses the Latin / Samba style to send it’s message. Matt is a graduate of the University of Miami and because of his Miami roots, he has a great deal of Latin background, which comes to light in “Turn Around.”
This chart features a very nice rhythmic melody over a “turn around” which in laymen’s terms are chord changes that brings the melody back to the beginning. In this original piece Matt does this very well in three different keys. It’s a very nice vehicle for improvisation due to the shifting, simple harmonic structure of the changes.
Solo changes are provided for all instruments allowing the director to choose the improvisers he/she deems ready for the challenge.
The rhythms in most Latin/Sambas are somewhat difficult because of the two (double time) feel. As a result it is imperative to have your students subdivide all eight notes in order to accurately play the rhythms. Your drummer can help here by setting up “ands” on two and four as well as one and three. Be careful not to over do it. This should be a message to the band on where the beat is not a lesson on rhythms for your audience.
Be careful of measures 49 through 56, which are the most challenging in the piece. Try to use the down beats as a target for accented notes and things will hold together right to the end of this fine chart. “Turn Around” is a winner and should be part of your next big band concert.
Top note for trumpet is high Eb above high C