Bart Marantz NPR/KERA Jazz Education Interview
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Music By: Lengsfelder, Drake, and Tizol
Instrumentation: Big Band
Publisher: Warner Brothers Publications
Grade: 5 Fast Swing ( no tempo given) $45.00
Yes, it’s another rendition of the standard, “Perdido”! But........... this time around it’s a very good arrangement of a standard that your band should get to know and which supplies your ensemble with the tools they will need to learn the swing style.
This arrangement by Dave Wolpe is well conceived and offers not only a great melody, but some very nice swing accompaniment figures as played by the trombones as well as the saxes at different entrances during the first time through the form.
There is a solid eight bar soli written for the saxes just before the first solo at letter E for first tenor. The solo continues through the form to letter H where the ensemble plays an interlude building up to another solo, this time for trumpet. Both the tenor and trumpet have some excellent background support from the band which adds interest and color. The last shout section at letter L builds the chart to a very exciting ending involving the entire band. The grade of 5 is because of the tempo and some of the figures that require some very exact counting in every section. This chart becomes more playable as the tempo comes down, which, after all, is really up to you! Perdido is a good chart of a very good standard and your band will be the better for learning it.
Top note for trumpet is written Eb above high C, last note only. Highest other note for trumpet is high C above the staff.