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"Blues Of A Different Color"
Written and Arranged By: Doug Beach and George Shutack
Instrumentation: Big Band
Publisher: Kendor Music Inc.
Grade 3 Medium Swing (Quarter Note) q = 192 $60.00
“Blues of A Different Color” is a wonderful chart for developing young musicians to gain exposure to the minor blues. The director should work the piano, bass and drums (vibes and guitar if available) first. Then, incorporate the entire band so that there is a steady swing groove throughout the chart from the now well rehearsed rhythm section. This will set the ensemble up for a good concept for swing figures and will allow the student musicians to concentrate on ensemble section playing as well as improvisation.
The introduction should be strong. Trombones at measure 9 should work for a good section balance. Brass articulations should be nice and crisp at measure 33, and measure 45 is open for solos with backgrounds on cue. This chart allows the director to really stretch out and feature a lot of solo space for those who want to pursue jazz improvisation and is a welcomed tool in this area.
The ensemble at measure 57 should start easy and build through measure 69 as indicated by the arranger/composer. The D.S. gives us one more look at the melody before a well-written coda. A strong last chord is requested by the composer and rightly so for a powerful and well written original.
Top note for trumpet is written G above the staff