Recorded by the John Kirby Sextet
Arranged by Charlie Shavers, Prepared for Publication by Dylan Canterbury, Rob DuBoff, and Jeffrey Sultanof
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Cat #: JLP-7530


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Edition: Jazz Sextet Arrangement

Description: Swing - Difficult

Publisher: Jazz Lines Publications

Charlie Shavers' "Move Over" is a delightfully riffing melody that follows a variation of the classic "I Got Rhythm" chord progression while checking all the boxes of the classic John Kirby Sextet sound. One thing worth acknowledging up front is that the ensemble's lead voice trades off between Buster Bailey's clarinet and Shavers' trumpet several times throughout the performance, so make sure your musicians are aware of when these changes occur.

A fanfare-like introduction provides a nice jolt of energy before the band relaxes into a more easy-swinging mood for the melody at measure 9. An 8-bar send-off sets up a chorus of soli for the three horn players that has some decidedly tricky passages in it that will require some work to play comfortably. This soli is split up by a Russell Procope alto sax solo on the bridge.

The next chorus is largely a vehicle for pianist Billy Kyle, although Shavers gets a brief say on trumpet in the middle. The final shout chorus begins with a key change at measure 105, starts out fairly rhythmic and spacious, but eventually builds in complexity, reaching its apex after O'Neill Spencer's drum breaks at measure 121. A quick pronouncement in the horns serves as a fake-out ending before the actual conclusion occurs on a warm final held chord.

This publication was prepared using Charlie Shavers's pencil score and an incomplete set of parts.


Full Score
Alto Saxophone
Guitar (Optional)
Drum Set
Trumpet: C6