Written for the Duke Pearson Big Band
Arranged by Duke Pearson
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Cat #: JLP-8064


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Edition: Jazz Big Band Arrangement

Description: Devotional Ballad - Medium

Publisher: Jazz Lines Publications

Duke Pearson toured with singer Nancy Wilson in 1961, during which time he traveled to Brazil. During his visit there he was inspired to pen one of his best-known pieces, 'Cristo Redentor.' This became one of Pearson's best-known singles and was featured on his 'How Insensitive' album. Pearson created this big band adaptation of the song. This arrangement has been engraved from the original manuscript - this is not a transcription. This is a very simple, but haunting ballad. What makes this difficult is the trumpet 1 part - which is written quite high. Actually, Duke wrote trumpet 1 going up to an A6. But, in that spot he did indicate an optional, lower note. But, that note is D6. Other than the A6, it does go to a G6. But, this can be played down an octave so as to make this chart accessible to all bands. There are no sax doubles and piano and guitar are tacet throughout. The sound sample is of his famous recording with voices which will give you an idea of the tune; as far as we known this big band arrangement was never recorded.

Full Score
2 Alto Saxophones
2 Tenor Saxophones
Baritone Saxophone
5 Trumpets
4 Trombones
Trumpet 1: A6 (optional) otherwise G6
Trombone 1: B flat 4


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Duke Pearson was great!