Bart Marantz NPR/KERA Jazz Education Interview
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By: Lennie Niehaus
Instrumentation: Big Band / Chop Monster Series
Publisher: Kendor Music, Inc.
Grade 3 Swing Tempo = 120 $45.00
This chart is based upon the 16-bar blues form. It starts with a written piano solo in the introduction, followed by melodic statements from unison brass, Measure 5, saxes, measure 8, brass, measure 12, saxes, measure 15 and the full ensemble at measure 17-20. The second chorus is played by the entire band in measure 23-37. The third chorus is a sax soli, starting at measure 38 and continuing to the downbeat of measure 54.
The fourth chorus is the solo chorus featuring trumpet in the first eight bars, and alto sax in the last eight. Written solos are provided for both, but improvisation is encouraged. At measure 69 drums lead into the shout chorus that starts one bar later.
The rhythmic figure in measure 75 should be played with great care. In the quarter rest/note triplet on the third beat, the rest should be given it’s full value in each player’s mind so that the two written notes are played with the proper feeling. An example of this is heard on Count Basie’s recording of “Every Day,” which has a vocal feature sung by Joe Williams. Listen to the way the saxes play the melody (with the late, great Marshall Royal on lead) before Joe enters and sings the same melody.
This chart closes with a four-bar sax soli starting at measure 78. Then the whole band shouts out the last three measures with drums leading the group back to the sign and coda.
“C’mon Back,” if played with these suggestions will have you and your band coming back time and time again.
Top note for trumpet is G above the staff