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"The Jazz Combo Pack - #25"
Tunes: Call Me Irresponsible Music- James Van Heusen Words-Sammy Cahn
Stolen Moments Music- Oliver Nelson
Song For My Father Music- Horace Silver
I Remember You Music- Victor Schertzinger Words- Johnny Mercer
* Cassette Tape Included* Gives complete arrangement and suggested solos.
Arranged By: Frank Mantooth
Instrumentation: Combo Bb, Eb, C instruments, Piano, Guitar, Bass Drums & Conductor
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corp.
Grade: 3 Styles: Medium Swing, Slow Swing, Bright Swing Latin
This is another in the series of Hal Leonard "Combo Paks" which offer the small jazz ensemble a group of standard as well as classic jazz tunes. The "Pak" usually has four completely arranged tunes all for one price, about $40.00 in most cases. With just one arrangement for jazz combo going for around $20.00 each this is quite a buy.
Each tune is arranged for key of instrument which includes Bb, Eb, C and is complete with full rhythm section piano, guitar, bass and drums. As with any educationally sound combo arrangement there is a conductors score which includes all instrumental parts. This makes it easy to access individual parts for correcting any mistakes made by the student ensemble.
Frank Mantooth is one of the "special" arrangers on the scene today and his "combo pak" series is just another wonderful help to all schools running a small group combo program.
These arrangements do not have backgrounds or soli sections, but do offer the melody scored and lots of space for all instruments to improvise. Each part has chord changes and the corresponding scale with the written melody under each symbol. This is a wonderful learning tool.
If your trying to introduce standard and jazz repertoire to your students, than these "combo Paks" are just what you are looking for. After one semester and ten of these "Paks" in the combo book, your small jazz ensemble will be ready to work at any special event you are called for.
Top trumpet note for all arrangements in combo pak # 25 is written F in the staff.