Push Come ‘Da Shove*****
This original composition is based on C minor blues with reharmonized chord progressions and an extended form. The solo sections for Trumpet and Alto Saxophone are complete with background figures with a Drum solo between the two horn solos. “McCoy Tyner” inspired trombone soli after the melodic statement, conducted ensemble interlude, challenging saxophone soli with soprano lead. Great closer to concert program and challenging for any ensemble.
Originally recorded as an octet arrangement by Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets +2 on the Owl Studios release “Echoes of Ethnicity” (OWL00129). This is a hard bop tribute to tenor saxophone legend Sonny Rollins that has been twice recycled from the original tune “Four” and then from Lee Morgan’s “Haina.” The solo sections for the Tenor Sax and Trumpet are complete with background figures. The Piano solo is unaccompanied and leads into an ensemble shout that features melodic references to “Four.” There is also a Drum solo before the recap of the melody. The big band arrangement features the same arrangement components as the octet arrangement but with an added saxophone soli section, featuring a collage of several Sonny Rollins composition (including Strode Rode, Airegin, Valse Hot, and Blue Seven) (see “4NEWK” under octet arrangements).
I’m Glad there Is You** – Vocal Feature
*Vocal Feature This vocal feature departs from the normal ballad-like version of this popular standard and has been arranged as a nice medium tempo swinger. Can be sung by all ranges of the voice. Ensemble shout section features a saxophone section soli with the voice doubling the lead alto saxophone. The CODA features a “tag” section for the voice to ad lib over with rondo-like background figures in the brass and saxophones.
Just A Touch***
Originally recorded as a sextet arrangement by Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets on the Owl Studios release “A Ride To The Other Side” (OWL00121). This is a slow walking ballad with the melody stated twice and written in a “stop time” manner to symbolize a “soft touch.” The first melodic statement is tutti throughout the full horn section, then stated in a very effective waterfall/pyramid manner the second time. The Tenor Saxophone solo is supported by background figures and the solo section for the drums is blended with ensemble figures in a Thad Jones “Tip Toe” style.
(J. Coltrane) -This is an arrangement on the 2nd movement of John Coltrane’s landmark suite “A Love Supreme,” written for 16-piece Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Choir (SATB). This arrangement features the tenor saxophone as the primary soloist who also shares the melody with the full ensemble. The choir is featured in the introduction over pedal points that alternate between Eb minor and Bb7alt, performed in the same manner as the 4th movement (Psalm) of “A Love Supreme.” The lyrics incorporate passages from Coltrane’s prayer which are written in the liner notes of the original recording. This leads into the famous Jimmy Garrison bass intro to set up the melody displayed by the brass, saxophones and rhythm section. The choir is also utilized singing background figures behind the tenor saxophone solo and as part of the ensemble shout section. In the same manner as the original recording, there is a piano solo after the statement of the melody which leads to a “McCoy Tyner” inspired trombone soli as the interlude before the tenor saxophone solo. This arrangement can be performed without the choir as an instrumental/big band arrangement as well. This is a very dynamic and climactic piece.
Willow Weep For Me** – Vocal Feature
(A. Ronell) -Vocal Feature This arrangement on this popular standard is a vocal feature for female voice (Soprano/Alto). It has been reharmonized into the minor tonality (D minor) with reharmonized chord progressions on the bridge as well. It features a scat solo section that vamps in D minor w/”rondo-like” background figures in the brass and saxophones, building into a very exciting ensemble shout section.
Originally recorded as an octet arrangement by Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets +2 on the Owl Studios release “Echoes of Ethnicity” (OWL00129). The big band arrangement features the same arrangement components as the octet arrangement but with an added, and a rarely done, Brass Soli section; where the Trumpet and Trombone sections are pitted against each other in alternating four measure phrases. The solo sections for Trombone and Baritone Saxophone are complete with background figures and there is a Drum solo during the last nine measures of the Ensemble Shout. (see “Miss’ippi Man” under octet arrangements)
Straight Up and Down***
(Chick Corea) This is an arrangement of one Chick Corea’s many great compositions. The melody is shared by both solo piano and full ensemble. The soloists are Piano, Alto Saxophone and Trumpet with the horn solos accompanied with background figures. The introduction, interlude and ensemble soli feature excerpts from the melody and ideas based on Chick’s unique style of piano comping.