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Written & Arranged By: Doug Beach
Instrumentation: Big Band
Publisher: Kendore Music, Inc.
Grade 3 Latin Groove Tempo = 138 $42.00
Doug Beach has built a career that includes performing, teaching, adjudicating, publishing and composing. He is one of those special writers that consistently produces charts that not only sound great, but also teach as young bands perform them.
“Gumbo Caliente” is no exception and stands right in line with his reputation of excellence in jazz arranging. A strong groove in the rhythm section is the foundation for this Latin piece and is essential to a successful performance.
Saxes and trombones should play lightly on the melody from measures 9 to 25, and beginning in the next measure, the brass should be careful not to overshadow the saxes.
As with many charts, the solo section at measures 41 –56 may be opened up for as many improvisers as desired by the director. All backgrounds are to be cued. There should be a decrescendo the final time though which will lead the ensemble to measure 57 and on.
The shout chorus at measure 67 should be strong all the way to the opening rhythmic statement at measure 79. The drum fills in the last few bars take this original arrangement to a very strong ending.
With a few sectionals and good direction this chart could be a great closer for your next concert.
Top note for trumpet is written G above the staff