BIG BAND INSTRUMENTATION
Alto Sax 1
Alto Sax 2
Tenor Sax 1
Tenor Sax 2
Colorful voicings, unusual harmonies, and shifting orchestrations make this a great way for your band to focus on intonation, blend, phrasing, and dynamics. The melody is very simple and the tempo is moderate, making this piece playable even by beginners while providing a great deal of musical substance for a mature band. With its quiet, contemplative quality, it works great as a contrast to any of our uptempo arrangements.
There's a solo for the tenor sax which can be a little tricky (the chord qualities are familiar but they occasionally occur in an unusual order) but the slow tempo gives the soloist plenty of time.
Quincy Jones/I Dig Dancers (Mercury 20612)
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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