Recorded by Ella Fitzgerald
Arranged by Nelson Riddle, Prepared by Rob DuBoff and Jeffrey Sultanof
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Cat #: JLP-9421


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Edition: Jazz Studio Orchestra Arrangement with Vocal

Description: Swing - Medium Difficult

Publisher: Jazz Lines Publications

This arrangement by Nelson Riddle was recorded in 1959 by Ella Fitzgerald for her Gershwin Songbook three album set. The arrangement opens with a vocal/bass duet (with drums on brushes). The ensemble slowly enters and eventually builds to the exciting shout section that features a few 2-bar unaccompanied drum fills. Things quiet down for the vocal re-entry and then build up again as the brass shout out the counter-melody. After the brass have their final say the bottom drops out leaving a trio of flutes (with string and bass accompaniment) to play a variation on the melody.

This arrangement was written for a studio orchestra (big band with strings) and has been published this way. Included is an optional synthesizer part that may be used in place of the strings. However, the string parts may be left out all together and the chart will play fine. There is a brief flute double for alto sax 2 and both tenor saxophones at the very end of the arrangement.

This publication is based on the original Nelson Riddle score and is not a transcription.

Full Score
2 Alto Saxophones (Alto 2 Doubles Flute)
2 Tenor Saxophones (Both Double Flute)
Baritone Saxophone
4 Trumpets
4 Trombones
3 Violins
Harp (Optional)
Synthesizer (Alternate Part for Strings)
Vocal Key: Ab
Trumpet 1: D6
Trombone 1: C5