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OPEN WIDE NEW!

From the "Live at Montreux" album. The popular, explosive, and infectious Ellis composition newly arranged and re-orchestrated for a standard big band. An energetic 4/4 samba with many polyrhythms, it features significant passages for your trumpet and percussion soloists. Despite its friendly-on-the-ears nature, it contains many challenges for all.

LOOSE AS A GOOSE NEW!

An exciting and unusual up-tempo Latin chart that switches between Afro-Cuban and samba grooves. The meter also switches around between 2/2, 5/2, and 7/2 sections. Solos for drums and soprano sax, plus an expanded percussion section. Not too tough, but it does have a few unexpected curveballs!

AFTER AN AUTUMN RAIN

A quiet, impressionistic, and lovely piece that displays many unusual colors and textures. Relatively easy on paper, it will showcase your ensembleís ability to play with subtlety and finesse. Short solos for Alto and Flügel. Donís last composition for big band.

OVER THE RAINBOW

A dynamic reworking of the classic standard that is a feature for your lead trumpet player. While the other parts are all very manageable, the lead trumpet part will challenge the best of players. Written in the late 1960's, it is very much a product of that time: A bit "edgy" with an adverturous and bold harmonic approach.

K.C. BLUES

The classic Charlie Parker composition as arranged for big band by Don Ellis. Although a fairly traditional treatment by the usual Ellis standards, it still packs a punch with several exciting ensemble passages. Lots of blowing room for your alto, tenor, and piano players. Recorded on AUTUMN.

MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE!

An unrecorded composition for orchestra by Don Ellis
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STAR CHILDREN

A mystical sounding piece in a slow 5/4. A combination of electronics, East Indian instruments, and a wordless choir make this a very atmospheric chart that will leave a unique impression on your audience. The writing is fairly easy, yet effective and features trumpet. Used in CYBERJAM, the follow-up to the award-winning stage show, BLAST! This piece is literally electronic, not mic'd.

LOSS

A beautiful minor tune in a slow 7/8, this fusion of jazz and classical elements features a flugelhorn solo and string quartet. It was recently used to great effect in the award winning show BLAST!. It is fairly easy to perform, but very powerful and effective.

STRAWBERRY SOUP

One of Don's most popular charts ever and a major composition. A rich, multi-layered minor tune in a moderately fast 9 meter with plenty of shifting subdivisions. Eventually, everyone gets featured either as a soloist or as a section. A surefire showstopper that winds it all up with a dirty 4/4 blues. As recorded on TEARS OF JOY.

 

 

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