Bart Marantz NPR/KERA Jazz Education Interview
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By: Rob Vuono
Instrumentation: Big Band
Publisher: The F.J.H. Music Company Inc.
Grade 3 1/2 Swing Tempo = 110 $35.00
“So Easy” is a medium swing original in four with a nice melodic line and some attractive chord changes. One very nice thing about this chart is that all the sections within the band are featured by stepping out in front of the ensemble with the lead player passing the line off to other musicians. Special attention to dynamics will make this interaction effective. Without a lot of attention to building the line, this very exciting idea will not achieve its ultimate goal.
At bar 5, the trombones have the melody before passing it to the flute (doubling here!) and trumpets. The optional flute part is written in the tenor two part and although this section will fly without it, try to use this color. Flute will enhance the textures in this part of the chart.
Saxes take over at the bridge, first in unison, (watch the intonation here) and then in harmony. The full ensemble takes the chart to the second chorus, which features a trumpet soloist. A written suggested solo is provided for the young improviser.
As the chart progresses a section housing a sax soli appears at measure 21. (Make sure the entire section is playing fortissimo while maintaining the balance between alto, tenor, bari.)
At bar 85 there is a piano solo again, with a written out suggested solo with chord changes for the younger musician. During the various exposed areas, such as the first chorus of the trumpet solo, comping ideas and chord changes are included in the piano part.
“So Easy” is not all that easy, but if learned according to the above suggestions, it will prove to be a good learning tool that will make tackling each successive chart easier and easier.
Top note for trumpet is A above the staff
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