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Abrasive to You
 
Catalog Number: WMP 56000
Level: Medium - Difficult

Yes, the pun is intended!!! A straight-ahead swing chart based on Gershwin's classic Embraceable You. Features a conversation between drums and unison band, a swingin' shout chorus, and solos for trumpet, tenor, and anyone else you'd like to open it up for. Some woodwind doubles (2 flutes, 2 clarinets).

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Aerobics Blues

Catalog Number: WMP 56004
Level: Medium

Here's a great medium tempo blues that's a wonderful vehicle to feature any number of your soloists. It features soprano and tenor sax playing a very interesting melodic line, some tricky unison band licks that will definitely keep your band "in the shed," and a shout chorus with some fresh harmonic twists. 

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Calm Before The Storm

Catalog Number: WMP 56005
Level: Medium - Difficult

This lush ballad features a contrapuntal section with five independent lines, and a gorgeous ensemble passage to close things out! There is an open piano solo in the middle that may be played as is, or give your pianist a chance to stretch! Solos for trombone and flugelhorn, and some exquisite woodwind writing complete the package! Optional sax parts are provided. 

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Changes Over Time

Catalog Number: WMP 56013
Level: Medium - difficult

Feature your alto saxophone soloist on this beautiful ballad! A lyrical melody coupled with some interesting harmonic twists will provide a great vehicle for a more advanced alto player to shine! The alto is featured throughout, along with a tutti ensemble passage that brings the chart to a dramatic finish.

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The Coffee Queen

New in 2011!

Catalog Number - SCM--1072-00
Released: 2011
Grade: 3.5
Performance Time: 2:58

Our newest writer to the staff has composed an exciting Mambo on minor blues changes. Beginning with "a cappella" unison horns, this theme continues for 2 more choruses before the solos start. Following the G minor blues solo section, is an interesting semi - stop chorus which leads to an open drum/percussion soli. Follows the drum/ percussion soli there is a short DS al Fine.

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Four of a Kind
Catalog Number: WMP 56012
Level: Medium - difficult

This medium tempo jazz waltz features a trio of soprano sax, tenor sax and trombone. The trio states the melody and is prominent in the solo section as well.  Repeated major triads with changing bass notes, and pedal points with colorful chords above them give the piece an intriguing harmonic twist.  It also provides an excellent vehicle for the rhythm section to explore various permutations of the harmonic movement.

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Interstate Parking Lot
Catalog Number: WMP 56001
Level: Difficult

Here's a tour de force challenge for mature bands! Features a bit of straight eighth, but predominantly samba and swing grooves. A great vehicle for the rhythm section and horns to really shine. Enjoy some trading fours between sections of the band, followed by an ensemble soli with no rhythm. Solos for tenor sax, soprano sax, and trombone Not for the faint of heart!

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Just Lookin’
Catalog Number: WMP 56007
Level: Medium

Medium swing tune. Give your saxophones a chance to shine with a swingin' sax soli, and an open solo section as well. The chart opens and closes with the drums playing a portion of the melody, and the shout chorus makes clever use of melodic fragments between sections. You'll love the interplay between sections throughout!

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Last Stop, Grand Central
Catalog Number: WMP 56002
Level: Difficult

A real barn burner!!! Alternates between swing and a 12/8 Latin feel. Features 2 altos and 2 trumpets on the initial melody, and many interesting contrapuntal ensemble lines. Screamin' shout chorus! Solos for trumpet, alto, and piano. As recorded by the New England Jazz Ensemble, Version 3.0.

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Lonely Thought
Catalog Number: WMP 56010
Level: Medium difficult

Here is a slightly esoteric ballad that features a lyrical flugelhorn solo, and a free section that will give your tenor saxophonist an opportunity to stretch out a bit. The chart also features lovely woodwind writing, and a soaring lead trumpet solo over the final ensemble shout! Any mature band will enjoy this opportunity for freedom of expression.

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Nasty Masty

Catalog Number: WMP 56008
Level: Difficult

Here's a burning minor blues that will certainly showcase and challenge any advanced ensemble. This chart provides more than ample solo space, and is a wonderful vehicle to feature your drummer playing the melody at the top of the chart. Some muted brass work creates some interesting sonorities, and a rousing shout chorus takes you home. Thanks to my college buddy for the nickname and inspiration. Highly recommended for mature bands.

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Nine Lives
Catalog Number: WMP 56011
Level: Difficult

Here's an up tempo minor blues with a bridge that works great as an opener or closer. Solo opportunities for any instrument are plentiful, and your saxophone section will enjoy working on this smokin' soli. The chart also features intricate contrapuntal ensemble writing that will surely challenge any band. 

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A Quiet Bossa

Catalog Number: WMP 56009
Level: Difficult

Titles can often be deceiving! This sometimes not so "quiet bossa" really gives the rhythm section a chance to incorporate some different feels. It features the unique combination of soprano sax and trombone, with solo space for each. There are many wonderful colors and textures in this piece, as well as many opportunities for the ensemble to really let loose! Doubling is required in the reed section. 

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Someday

Catalog Number: WMP 56003
Level: Medium - difficult

Ballad featuring alto sax, and some integral ensemble backgrounds. Begins with a rubato section for alto and piano. Solo section moves to double time swing, followed by a swingin' ensemble soli. Returns to ballad feel.

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