comp. & arr. by Russell Schmidt
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VJCP501-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.), Trombone IV (opt.)
Guitar (opt.), Piano, Bass, Drums, Vibraphone (opt.)
Because this chart has been written for younger jazz ensemble, the optional Trombone IV part has not been specifically written for Bass Trombone, but is instead a more general (Tenor) Trombone part.
Description: Quackenclocker is a fun chart for young jazz ensemble. It has a straight 8th note conception and can be performed with either a boogaloo or a rock feel. Quackenclocker is written to the chord progression of Eddie Harris’ soul jazz classic Cold Duck Time.
This arrangement employs a combo-within-a-big-band conception, allowing directors to feature three of the (traditionally) stronger players in their ensemble: Alto Sax I, Tenor Sax I, and Trumpet II. The solo sections offer opportunities for those same three players to improvise, though additional solos by rhythm section performers (such as guitar or piano) could easily be added.
This big band arrangement is of beginning-to-intermediate difficulty.
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