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By: Jeff Jarvis
Instrumentation: Big Band
Publisher: Kendor Music,Inc.
Grade 4 1/2 Salsa Tempo = 120 $52.00
This authentic Latin chart alternates between mambo and samba feels. The rhythm section parts are noted to ensure a convincing rendering of traditional Latin styles. Solo space is provided for soprano sax, trumpet and trombone, but the solo section may be opened up for additional improvisers as needed.
An aggressive approach from the rhythm section is key to the success of this chart. In particular, the pianist should play the montuno figures, such as the ones found in measures 9-24, in a very deliberate manner. Players experienced in Latin styles may improvise their own montuno figures using the chords provided. The guitarist should not interfere with these montuno rhythms.
The rest of the band should adopt a similar approach, generating excitement with articulations rather than sheer volume.
“Golden Palm” would be a great vehicle for your auxiliary percussionist. Claves, cowbell, conga are all suggested by the composer and rhythms are given for suggested accompaniment.
It is important to observe the implied metronome markings. At faster tempos, the effectiveness and playability of the figures is compromised. Also observe all articulations and dynamic markings to give the chart a spirited performance.
“Golden Palm” is an excellent authentic Latin original that will set the standard for this style in your big band book. You and your band will enjoy the challenge, but make sure the band is advanced enough to handle this part of Kendor’s series, the upper-level “Studio Writers Series.”
Top note for trumpet is D above high C