Bart Marantz NPR/KERA Jazz Education Interview
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Written By: Walter Davis, Jr.
Arranged By: Don Sickler
Instrumentation: Combo - Septet
Publisher: Second Floor Music/Hal Leonard Corp.
Grade: 5 Swing Tempo = 184 $23.00
From the CD “Uptown” comes Don Sickler’s arrangement of Walter Davis Jr’s original tune, “Uranus.” This melody and wonderful arrangement take me back to my youth when I was buying Blue Note recordings, and still do, of the bop and post bop periods. Although there is a small interlude of Latin feel eight measures before letter E this fine arrangement is almost entirely swing in every sense of the word.
The chart is arranged for trumpet, alto, tenor, trombone (which can be replaced by bari sax) and piano bass and drums with guitar if desired. This is a true arrangement with the head, solos, backgrounds and even a shout chorus at letter R. The score is complete and leaves no stone unturned.
“Uranus” is excellent music and wonderful arranging, but it’s not for everyone. Keep in mind that the changes for improvising are challenging and the written parts like the line at letter E require an advanced high school musician or college student. If you have the above mentioned criteria you are ready for an exceptional jazz experience.
Top note for trumpet is written B above the staff.