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Written By: Jeff Jarvis
Arranged By: Michael Sweeney
Instrumentation: Big Band
Publisher: Kendore Music, Inc.
Grade 4 1/2 Swing/Salsa Tempo = 104 $52.00
This challenging chart was premiered by the 2003 Missouri All-State Jazz Ensemble directed by past I.A.J.E. President Shelly Berg. It requires lots of energy and a crisp approach. Lead trumpet range goes to written D above high C, while lead trombone extends to high G. The sax section has unisons and harmonized parts supported by the brass, who often share in the melodic content.
Playing with momentum and drive are key to the success of this piece. It packs a punch from start to finish, requiring a very aggressive approach from everyone. The exception is the soli from measure 105 – 136. The goal here should be to play lightly, but deliberately.
Strive for a steady tempo, and always try to observe all articulations and written dynamic markings. Following the written suggestions by the very capable Jeff Jarvis will give this chart a spirited performance. All sections of the band should strive for sectional independence to insure confident entrances throughout.
The rhythm section contains noted parts that are integral to the composition, but gifted players may adjust the voicings and/or comp their own parts.
The solo section consists of a basic minor blues chord progression that appears in the first tenor and fourth trumpet parts. Of course, this section can be opened up for other soloists as well. Similarly, the drum solo at measure 137 can be extended, with saxes entering for the last four times through the eight measure repeated section, followed by the brass for the final two times of the chart.
“Show Me”, if played well, will show others that your band is really doing something special.
Top note for trumpet is written D above the staff