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“I Can’t Get Started"
Music By: Vernon Duke Words By: Ira Gershwin
Arranged: Victor Goins
Instrumentation: Big Band
Publisher: Alfred / Belwin Jazz
Grade 3 Ballad q = 70 - 74 $48.00
All Trumpet players should at one time in their early listening give attention to the classic “ I Can’t Get Started” as recorded by Bunny Berigan. Because this particular version is so popular in movies and other everyday media, many of us have already heard it played without realizing who the person behind the trademark sound and interpretation is! This is an education in style, phrasing and melody playing as performed by Bunny Berigan.
Victor Goins takes this beautiful melody and gives it a fresh and new approach with a more contemporary flair and some new harmonies. What is so nice about this arrangement is that the trumpet soloist does not have to play fast, loud or high to make this solo come to the forefront. What allows the listener to enjoy Victors approach is having the trumpet soloist play warmly with a legato tongue and a round vibrato. There are other renditions available on CD recordings and the soloist needs to listen to many of them to make this performance of “I Can’t get started” their own.
There are some lovely chordal textures behind the soloist as well. One is a pyramid figure in the trombone section behind the soloist and with careful attention to balance and intonation a wonderful effect for your audience will be heard for all to enjoy.
The rhythm section parts are all written, but more experienced players will want to embellish as desired. Make sure that the rhythm section musicians are listening to each other though, so as not to rush. Ballads can be the most challenging of all styles. With careful attention paid to the above and lots of listening to other renditions of this great standard, “I Can’t get Started” Victor Goins arrangement will be one you are happy to have in your book.
Top note for trumpet is written G above the staff