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Composed & Arranged By: Dave Eshelman
Instrumentation: Big Band
Publisher: KJOS Music Company / Signature Series
Grade: 5 Samba = 112 $45.00
Dave Eshelman has changed a lot since our days in the concert jazz band at the University of Miami in the late sixties. He was a very good writer arranger back then and has become simply outstanding. KJOS Music company has taken a number of his original works and published them for the general jazz education public showing support for excellent writing and arranging.
Dave has taken the feel Samba and blended this challenging Latin feel with the traditional sonata form. Yes, it sounds a bit “out”, but it works and because Dave is such an outstanding composer it works very well. To insure the classical lightness and melodic clarity be sure to follow all marks as written by the composer. This will insure good articulation and consistent balance.
In addition, performers should strive throughout the composition to emphasize melodic moving lines dramatically , and conversely, to reduce their dynamic level on sustained accompaniment notes; and because of the Samba feel there are a lot of them!
Improvised solos occur in the trumpet 2 and alto sax 1 part, with chord symbols and scales provided for a closer look at the inside of the changes. These same changes are provided for Trombone and piano which can be added or substitute for the trumpet and alto solos.
It is suggested that auxiliary percussion be added to enhance the over all texture of the piece. After listening to Samba Mozart I find this almost essential. Either way though this wonderful Latin piece will be a very good addition to your concert library.
Top note for trumpet is written A above the staff.