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"Blue In Green"
Written By: Miles Davis
Arranged By: Les Hooper
Instrumentation: Big Band
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Grade 3 Subtle Funk q = 67 $50.00
This modern but gentle arrangement is based on Miles’ original recording from “Kind Of Blue,” but with a slightly funky feel. The beat should be played steady, but subtle and shouldn’t overpower the beauty of the original performance of this tune. It’s suggested by the arranger to “think of a muted heartbeat!” The spacing in the bass part gives this chart room to breathe and softens the “funky-ness.”
The tempo though is critical to the overall performance of this new approach to “Blue In Green,” a standard piece of jazz literature. The background figures should float over the trumpet solo more like a string section. Have your soloist take some liberties, especially with the phrasing. Playing on the backside of the beat or “Back-phrasing” is something that works well with this piece. The arranger suggests, “Make the listener wait.”
Remember that this arrangement has a light funk approach so don’t swing the eight and sixteenth notes. This is not the original feel, but the chart should be played true to the new approach as prepared by arranger Les Hooper. In this format your students will gain new insight as to what “Blue In Green” can be for their generation.
Top note for trumpet is high A above the staff