Recorded by the Duke Pearson Big Band
Arranged by Duke Pearson, Edited by Jeffrey Sultanof
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Edition: Jazz Big Band Arrangement

Description: Swing - Advanced

Publisher: Jazz Lines Publications

Here is another fantastic arrangement from Duke Pearson. The original manuscript has been used to produce this arrangement - this is NOT a transcription.

'Minor League' was recorded in 1968 on the 'Now Hear This' record for Blue Note and featured a cast of incredible players including Frank Foster, Marvin Stamm, Garnett Brown, Jerry Dodgion, Pepper Adams, Bob Cranshaw, and of course, pianist/arranger/conductor Duke Pearson. This up-tempo swing chart is will certainly bring out the best of your players.

Based around a C minor blues, this advanced-level arrangement features beautifully contrasting sectional interplay as well as punchy brass. A strong reading drummer is essential to carry this off.

Solos are featured for trombone, alto saxophone, and trumpet - on the record they were played by Garnett Brown, Al Gibbons, and Marvin Stamm. It also has an optional open solo section on a C minor blues. The original manuscript and recording did not have a guitarist; however, an optional guitar part has been included. This would make an incredible festival or competition chart and allow you to showcase the entire band. This is a pro-level chart and as such the ranges are demanding: trumpet 1 goes to high G and trombone 1 goes to high C. There are no saxophone doubles.

Full Score
2 Alto Saxophones
2 Tenor Saxophones
Baritone Saxophone
4 Trumpets
4 Trombones
Guitar (Optional)
Trumpet 1: G6
Trombone 1: C5