Recorded by Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass
Arranged by Rob McConnell, Edited by Rob DuBoff and Jeffrey Sultanof
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Cat #: JLP-7015DL


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Edition: Jazz Big Band Arrangement

Description: Bossa Nova/Swing/Ballad - Difficult

Publisher: Jazz Lines Publications

Here is one of the classic holiday arrangements as written by the great arranger/trombonist Rob McConnell. Featured on the 1998 Concord album Big Band Christmas, this arrangement was written to feature trumpeter Guido Basso (on flugelhorn). The arrangement begins in a light Bossa feel with reeds stating the melody. The chart then moves to a medium swing feel for the second chorus. The first part of the flugelhorn solo section was written as a colla voce in 3/4, with guitar, bass, and drums following the soloist. The arrangement stays in 3/4 until the end. Reeds double on flute, clarinet, soprano saxophone, and bass clarinet (see below). This would be a great addition to any holiday program.

Full Score
Reed 1: Soprano Saxophone/Alto Saxophone/Flute
Reed 2: Flute/Alto Saxophone
Reed 3: Clarinet/Tenor Saxophone
Reed 4: Clarinet/Tenor Saxophone
Reed 5: Bass Clarinet/Baritone Saxophone
5 Trumpets/Flugelhorns
2 Horns in F
4 Trombones
Trumpet 1: to C7 (!)
Trumpet 2: to A6
Trombone 1: G4