Minor Changes (VJCP504-FBB)
comp. & arr. by Dave Rivello
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VJCP504-FBB – Flexible Instrumentation Jazz Ensemble Chart, which has been written to sound complete with as few as 11 pieces or as many as a full (18-piece) big band. The instrumentation is as follows:
Alto Sax I, Alto Sax II, Tenor Sax I, Tenor Sax II (opt.), Baritone Sax (opt.)
Trumpet I, Trumpet II, Trumpet III, Trumpet IV (opt.)
Trombone I, Trombone II, Trombone III (opt.), Bass Trombone (IV) (opt.)
Guitar (opt.), Piano, Bass, Drums, Vibraphone (opt.)
Description: Minor Changes is a piece for jazz ensemble that serves as a great introduction to the minor blues. The theme features a trio of trumpet, alto sax, and trombone, in a nod to the sound of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. There is plenty of space to open this chart up for saxophone, brass, and rhythm section solos.
Dave Rivello has done a wonderful job of creating sonic variety in a number of coloristic ways: through orchestrational choices, his use of harmony, and how those harmonies are distributed and verticalized. This minor blues chart is exceptionally rendered by a master composer. The ensemble director and their students will likely hear something exciting, intriguing, and new every time they play Minor Changes.
This big band arrangement is of intermediate difficulty.
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