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Written and Arranged By: Bill Zaccagni
Instrumentation: Big Band
Publisher: Kendor Music, Inc.
Grade: 41/2 Swing/Blues Tempo = 192 $45.00
With a tempo of quarter note equals 192 it is recommended that the director take this chart a little slower, especially during your first reading. If this new slower tempo is good then there is no reason not to keep it as the final meter marking as well. As with any good performance, dynamics are a vital part of the final production and some exaggeration would prove to be effective, especially with figures at measures 1 -16 where tied whole notes are in full swing.
This chart is a good showcase for the entire ensemble and measures 55 - 66 can easily be opened up for as many soloists as deemed appropriate by the director. There is a nice background written for each soloist on cue to end one solo and start another.
The sax soli at measure 97 can be played with or without rhythm section for a very dynamic result. You may want to just add drums and/ or bass. Any way you want to dress up this soli will work as it swings very hard in the bebop style.
There is a piano solo section at measure 139 and this to can be opened to other rhythm players in the band who want to show their improvisational skills. Be prepared to bring the excitement to a very low dynamic end here for an effective ensemble tutti section.
Following the straight eighth note markings at measure 179 and the new fff dynamic marking this chart will roar right to the very last chorus at measure 187.
“Bluesin’ Gold” is a very exciting chart and with careful attention to rehearsal tempos, style and dynamics you’re sure to give the audience a thrill.
Top note for trumpet is high C