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"Magic City Dancers"
Composed & Arranged By: Dean Sorenson
Instrumentation: Big Band
Publisher: KJOS Music Company / Signature Series
Grade: 4 Latin = 144 $40.00
Magic City dancers is a well written composition by composer arranger Dean Sorenson in the Latin feel, but not quite a Bossa Nova. It is however a very good loose Latin feel with the ability to feature your choice of alto sax, tenor sax. Trumpet or trombone feature. This means that if you have any of the above mentioned musicians in your band who are ready to be featured as a soloist than you now have a very beautiful and romantic vehicle for any of these musicians to play to show off their musicianship.
“Magic City Dances” is rated a 4 and is very playable by most good high school programs and colleges with a full ensemble and of course the above mentioned soloists. The changes are very playable and will show off the soloist of choice with a wonderful chart written for the middle of your jazz concert. Be ware that there is a lot of unison throughout this piece and will need careful and full attention or the soloist will be over shadowed by intonation problems.
Dean Sorenson has composed a chart that is not only beautifully written, but works for almost any good soloist you have. This one needs to be in your book.
Top note for trumpet is written A above the staff.