Bart Marantz NPR/KERA Jazz Education Interview
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Composed and Arranged By: Victor Lopez
Instrumentation: Big Band /* Comes with CD of arrangement played by professionals
Publisher: Warner Brothers Publications
Grade 5 Swing Tempo = 92 $50.00
This chart brings back very warm memories of growing up in Miami in the sixties. This original is Latin all the way, with a tinge of funk. It bounces from trumpets to saxes over changes that really represent the bebop period but incorporates a true Latin feel. Victor Lopez shows his roots by quoting Dizzy Gillespie’s “Salt Peanuts” within the chart.
There is a very dynamic build up from the beginning to the open solos section. The director has total flexibility for assigning soloists and there are chord changes written on all parts, along with ensemble backgrounds supplied, which are cued at the director’s discretion.
There are some surprises from Victor Lopez during the performance of this original changing the entire feel and switching the band into a heavy Latin Funk section. During this portion the horns trade musical written statements in a soli/tutti style. It is suggested that this is a level four chart by the composer, but be sure you have the musicians who are willing to pay the dues to get this “Hunny” of a chart performed true to form and feel. With half note equaling 92 and lots of eighth notes written this will be a challenge for many high school bands and even some colleges.
One big help is that this new series from Warner Brothers includes a CD of the arrangement for the students and their director to hear before they attempt to play it. A very big help indeed!
Top note for trumpet G above the staff