“Something” for Big Band – Score and Parts

Here is the classical Beatles tune, “Something.” This was written for Miguel Zenón and the UNF Jazz Ensemble 1. It’s a beautiful, poignant arrangement, with lots of color.

 

“Something in the way she moves
Attracts me like no other lover
Something in the way she woos me

I don’t want to leave her now
You know I believe and how

Somewhere in her smile she knows
That I don’t need no other lover
Something in her style that shows me

Don’t want to leave her now
You know I believe and how
You’re asking me will my love grow
I don’t know, I don’t know
You stick around now it may show
I don’t know, I don’t know

Something in the way she knows
And all I have to do is think of her
Something in the things she shows me

Don’t want to leave her now
You know I believe and how”

 

Instrumentation: Alto Sax Solo and 17-Piece Big Band — 5 Saxophones (2 Alto Saxes [Alto 1 Doubles on Flute, Alto 2 Doubles on Clarinet], 2 Tenor Saxes [Tenor 1 Doubles on Flute, Tenor 2 Doubles on Clarinet], 1 Baritone Sax [Doubles on Bass Clarinet]), 4 Trumpets (All Double on Flugelhorn), 4 Trombones, Rhythm Section (Piano, Upright Bass, Drums, Guitar)

“Wave” for Big Band – Score and Parts

Here is an arrangement of the classic Jobim standard, “Wave.” It is written as a double feature for clarinet and trombone. However, it can also feature any other instrument, as long as he/she knows the tune.

 

(Note: The recording is missing the solo parts)

 

Instrumentation: Solo Clarinet, Solo Trombone, 17-Piece Big Band — 5 Saxophones (1 Soprano Sax, 1 Alto Sax, 2 Tenor Saxes, 1 Baritone Sax [Doubles on Bass Clarinet]), 4 Trumpets, 4 Trombones, Rhythm Section (Piano, Upright Bass, Drums, Guitar)

“Blackbird” for Big Band – Score and Parts

Blackbird is an arrangement of the classic Beatles tune. This song has always been very special to me, both in its meaning and in the emotions it conveys. My arrangement should be extremely high energy, in contrast to the original recording. Drums play a crucial role in this regard, setting the tone with a four bar intro.

 

The band should take care to adhere to all articulations and dynamics. Every note should have motion. The solo section should have an arc, though it must begin at a moderate level of intensity. Make sure to count your rests! The bass solo will provide a considerable challenge; consider working this out in a separate rehearsal. The two bars before letter M should grow immensely, as it leads into a screeching shout section. Lead trumpet can optionally gliss up to a high A in bar 178. The energy remains up through the end up the piece. There is no ritardando at the end.

 

Enjoy playing this arrangement of Blackbird! It makes for a great opener!

Instrumentation: 17-Piece Big Band — 5 Saxophones (2 Alto Saxes, 2 Tenor Saxes, 1 Baritone Sax), 4 Trumpets, 4 Trombones, Rhythm Section (Piano, Electric Bass, Drums, Guitar)