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"I Will Take You There"
Composed & Arranged By: Dave Eshelman
Instrumentation: Big Band
Publisher: KJOS Music Company / Signature Series
Grade: 41/2 Contemporary - Straight Eighths = 168 $45.00
“I Will Take You There” is a medium tempo, even eighth note contemporary jazz chart. The composer, Dave Eshelman desires a “sweeping linear texture” and this can be accomplished by paying careful attention to balance and articulation. All players in the ensemble should emphasize moving lines dynamically, and reduce their dynamic level on sustained pitches. In addition to this, all players should generally avoid hard attacks in favor of a more legato approach. This texture will bring out the beautiful sonorities of this contemporary piece as desired by the composer.
Harder, more pointed attacks are appropriate only in a few isolated passages, most notably for the bari sax/trombone and rhythm players at measures 38-44, 82-87, and 244-249. Also, the entire band should be using these articulations at measures 100-105 and 203-208.
Chord symbols and scales for improvisation are provided for solo Flugelhorn (trumpet 3 part) and trombone 1. The director can substitute alto sax and guitar for these same solo spots.
To enhance the overall effect of this piece the composer suggests that auxiliary percussion be added at the director’s discretion. It is also suggested that an electric piano be used on this piece when possible. Either way “I Will Take You There” is a winner on any jazz concert. If your students are willing to put in the time this beautiful chart will be well-received by all who hear it.
Top note for trumpet is written high C above the staff.