Bart Marantz NPR/KERA Jazz Education Interview
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By: Antonio J. Garcia
Instrumentation: Big Band
Publisher: Kendor music, Inc.
Grade: 4 1/2 Swing/Ballad = 70 $40.00
Antonio Garcia, who in case you have not read the inside cover of this magazine is the J.E.J. publisher and now a Kendor composer/arranger. This composition arranged, Loved One, for the big band is in the style of Neal Hefti’s Lil Darlin and is dedicated to his wife Maria.
The composer asks the director to have his/her students listen as they perform for blend within the section as well as the over all ensemble. He suggests that all players should play staccato notes “fat”, using 2/3 of the beat with no accents, and not breath before the first staccato notes of bar 5 and six and measures 23 and 24 for optimum ensemble playing.
Saxes have a soli starting at measure 37 and this lovely line needs to be played full with a legato approach for maximum delivery as suggested by Mr. Garcia. To secure the style it is suggested that you have your students listen to a original Basie chart of Lil Darlin with Marshal Royal on lead alto to secure the intent of the composer. There are dynamic textures written at measure 96 and if followed exactly as authored the band to will surprise the audience and give them some dynamic change they were not expecting.
Solos chords are provided for trumpet and trombone. These changes are very rich and challenging with alterations throughout. The chart has been recorded under the “Jazz Tech Big Band” label so your students will be able to hear this arrangement for a better idea of how there talents can best be applied to this lovely yet ambitious piece. There is some wonderful writing here and if the director and band follow the recommendations of Mr. Garcia “Loved One” will become a permanent part of your library and probably your next jazz concert!