Recorded by Julie London With the Dick Reynolds Orchestra
Arranged by Dick Reynolds; Transcribed and Adapted by Myles Collins
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Edition: Jazz Big Band Arrangement With Vocal

Description: Swing - Medium

Publisher: Lush Life Music

This cool, relaxed big band chart has been transcribed from Julie London's 1960 album Around Midnight (Liberty LST 7164) with the Dick Reynolds Orchestra. Many singers (such as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Linda Ronstadt to name but a few) have recorded this lovely Gershwin melody, and nearly all of these versions are taken at a very slow tempo, with orchestrations that rely heavily on sweet, somewhat syrupy string backings. This Julie London chart breaks with that tradition, as it is written as a laid back swing chart scored for a regular 5-4-4-4 big band lineup. The band backings behind the vocalist are sparse, allowing the singer some freedom of expression. The middle 16 measure band shout gives the arrangement punch and bite, making a great dynamic contrast to the sultry vocal passages. This chart works equally well in a concert or gig setting. There are no sax doubles and the vocal key is F.


Tempo:     120
Duration:  2 mins 20 secs


Tempo:     120

Duration:  2 mins 20 secs

Full Score
2 Alto Saxophones
2 Tenor Saxophones
Baritone Saxophone
4 Trumpets
4 Trombones
Vocal: F3 - G4 (9 steps, as sung)
Vocal Key: F
Trumpets 1-4: E6, B5, G#5, E5
Trombones 1-4: A4, G4, E4, C4