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"In The Evening (When The Sun Goes Down)"
Words and Music By: Leroy Carr
Arranged By: Frank Mantooth
Instrumentation: Big Band featuring Vocal
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corp. ( From the Professional Series)
Grade: 5 1/2 Medium Tempo Swing and Funk = 138 $45.00
Frank Mantooth has produced another fine chart for big band with vocal on a honey of a tune, In The Evening (When The Sun Goes Down). The band is in full ensemble and swinging from the edge with some very exciting figures in all sections. The vocalist enters at measure eight and is given the next eight bars to establish his/her style before the band comes back in with full accompaniment. At measure 33 the vocalist is given some down time to listen to some excellent writing by one of the country’s premier writer arrangers.
There is a piano solo at the next junction which is letter 45 and backgrounds are on cue. Be careful to accompany the piano solo and not cover it. There are doubles for saxes on flute and make sure your trumpet players carry bucket mutes. Without these added textures the piano solo will not get the full range of colors Frank has prepared for it.
At measure 83 the tune takes a turn to a funk texture and the solo vocalist returns to a completely new feel. This new color remains to the very end of the arrangement and is well written. If you are to purchase this chart make sure that you have the level student required. This is from the “pro series” and requires a mature sense of both swing and funk feels. The saxes are doubling and trumpets need a very wide range. The lead trumpet goes to a high G above high C! Not your middle school or high school range by any means. The written figures in all sections are challenging, to say the least, and will thrill your audience if they are played with conviction. Remember to think these things out before purchasing this chart and if it meets the above requirements go for it, you will be glad you did.
Top note for trumpet is written G above high C.