BIG BAND INSTRUMENTATION
Alto Sax 1
Alto Sax 2
Tenor Sax 1
Tenor Sax 2
Liston primarily uses the sax section to state the colorful melody, with the brass providing fills. The brass take on a more prominent role in the double-time solo section which features several backgrounds behind a tenor sax, trumpet, and piano solo. The tempo - even in the double-time section - is moderate, there are no significant technical demands, and the entire chart is written in a very comfortable range for each instrument. This music is easy enough for beginners, but full of great musical moments that experienced musicians will savor.
One double-length chorus is split up between a trumpet, tenor sax, and piano soloist. The changes consist mostly of a basic diatonic chord progression with some minor diversions thrown in for flavor. These changes can be played by most any improviser who's had at least some experience with chord changes.
Milt Jackson/For Someone I Love (OJC (Riverside) 404)
MELBA LISTON (1926-1999). One of Jazz's greatest arrangers, Melba is also an outstanding composer, trombonist and lyricist. Her arrangements are noted for their beauty and complexity. During a career that started in the early '40s, Melba has written big band charts for Gerald Wilson, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, Randy Weston, Gloria Lynne, Tony Bennett, Clark Terry, Abbey Lincoln and Diana Ross. After a disappointing 1949 tour with Billie Holiday, Melba quit the music business and worked clerical jobs and appeared in films as a Hollywood extra. Fortunately, Dizzy Gillespie lured her back for his '56-57 State Department tours. She can be heard as a "sideman" on more than 40 recordings by many of the artists for whom she wrote arrangements. She has also scored music for film and commercials and wrote for the Buffalo Symphony. Melba stopped performing several years ago, but she continued to compose and arrange, using a computer, until her death.
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