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Simply Mingus for Jazz Ensemble
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This catchy riff-based tune uses blues changes, and you can make it as easy or as difficult as you like, depending on the tempo you choose! Solos (or soli) are for sax as well as piano and drums. A wonderful introduction to the exciting music of Charles Mingus, skillfully adapted by Andrew Homzy.
Boogie Stop Shuffle
Here is a beautiful arrangement of Charles Mingus' signature ballad, featuring altos and trumpets playing the melody off the top, then later joined by the entire ensemble. Sample written solos are provided for the short solo or soli spots for trumpet and trombone. A jazz classic!
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
Featuring a dark intensity and a powerful unison riff figure in minor, this medium swing chart is a great showcase for your bass player as well as the trombone section. The harmonic structure is quite simple, but the depth of the arrangement comes from the thematic layers that are added throughou
Haitian Fight Song
One of the most engaging and lighthearted of all Mingus' compositions, this was originally meant to provide a musical bridge from Jelly Roll Morton to Mingus' own unique compositional voice. Here is a marvelous version for big band that alternates between a medium slow 2-beat feel and straight ah
This classic Mingus composition is meant to be performed with a sense of an anger or sarcasm, and definitely projects an edginess. The bari sax and bass bone will have fun with the opening and there is plenty for the rest of the ensemble to get excited about as well in this medium swing romp.
Fables of Faubus
Originally written for the 1959 John Cassavetes film Shadows, Nostalgia in Times Square is a medium tempo blues but with a unique harmonic structure. Beautifully scored for younger ensembles by Sy Johnson, this chart includes a flexible solo section for any combination of alto, tenor, trumpet or
Nostalgia in Times Square
Written in a fast 3/4, this gospel-inspired burner is as fun to play as it is to listen to. There is great interplay between sections of the band as layers of sound move in and out. Also included are hand claps and some play any note you want opportunities to really liven things up. The flexible
Better Get Hit in Your Soul
Charles Mingus' distinctive take on the classic Ellingtonian ballad style provides a beautiful showcase for a variety of soloists, as well as lush full ensemble scoring. Also included is an optional solo for flute or piano.
Duke Ellington's Sound of Love
Here's a playable yet very effective arrangement of this signature Mingus composition. The familiar bari sax riff is handled by three saxes, and there is also a substantial soli for the entire sax section.
Titled in honor of Charles Mingus' good friend and mentor Oscar Pettiford, this swing chart opens with the two tenors, followed by all the saxes, and finally the entire ensemble. Whether you play this at a medium tempo or as a blazing burner, the result is the same - a unique-sounding chart that
O.P. (Oscar Pettiford)
Originally recorded by Charles Mingus on his Mingus Ah Um album in 1959, Sy Johnson has transformed this through-composed ballad into a stunningly beautiful setting for full jazz ensemble. Featuring effective dynamic contours, a nice variety of textures, and solos for trumpet and tenor, this will
Self-Portrait in Three Colors
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