Bart Marantz NPR/KERA Jazz Education Interview
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Written and Arranged By: Les Sabina
Instrumentation: Big Band
Publisher: Kendor Music, Inc.
Grade 3 1/2 medium Swing (Quarter Note) q = 132 $48.00
“Cooke’s Delight" is a hard-driving swing chart that is reminiscent of Blue Note’s hard-bop recording period. Saxophones must play the main melody, first appearing at measure 9 with authority. Supporting brass kicks must also be conceptualized in this same manner. The rhythm section should provide only a basic groove, as any type of elaborate drum rhythm, bass line, or altered voicings will detract from the tune’s original feel.
Most of the solo section is fairly easy to blow over. A concert C blues scale will provide usable material up until measure 65. At this point, soloists will need to be familiar with the basics of playing over ii – V7 changes using horizontal, vertical and pattern approaches.
The contrapuntal shout section beginning at measure 82 can be approached with a relaxed feel and should swing hard. If a lighter feel is desired though, the director may eliminate some of the instrumental doublings to accomplish this texture.
The brief brass shout chorus at measure 114 should begin crisply. Also, ensure that the players heavily swing the phrase at measure 116. This will help “Cooke’s Delight" cook!
“Cooke’s Delight" is written in the style of one of jazz history’s most rooted periods. A chart of this quality should be in everyone’s book.
Top note for trumpet is D above high C