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"Amber and Trinita"
By: Doug Beach
Instrumentation: Big Band
Publisher: Kendor Music,Inc.
Grade 3 Latin Tempo = 168 $48.00
Commissioned by noted jazz educator, Dr. John Bradley, this sizzling Latin chart features an abundance of ensemble work, an open solo section, and a lyrical melody. Keep in mind that the rhythm section must work together throughout to drive the “groove” with intensity. If the time is solid, the horn lines will lay on top of the Latin feel easily. The chart features your trumpet soloist.
Drums should fill around the ensemble in the introduction before settling into the Latin feel at measure 13, where crisp articulations are important. The bridge starting at measure 23 should flow smoothly up to the rhythm breaks in measures 27-29.
The line at measure 39 is unison and should be articulated crisply. The drummer should play around this line, catching key figures as she/he plays time. The first soloist should take the solo break at measure 54. Measures 55-86 are open for solos, so there is plenty of room to show off your talent. As with most good educational charts a written solo is provided, but anyone may play during this section as the changes are included in all parts.
The ensemble line at measure 91 should start easy and build into measure 107. The chart goes out with one more look at the unison line, so tune as you go! The last note, although in harmon mutes, no stems, should sting with a percussive ending.
“Amber and Trinita” is a good Latin chart that works, as does most anything Doug Beach writes. This one should be in your book.
Top note for trumpet is B above the staff