MS. B.C.

Recorded by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Arranged by Pamela Watson
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Audio Sample:

Edition: Jazz Combo Arrangement (3 Horns With Rhythm)

Description: Swing - Medium

Publisher: Second Floor Music/Hal Leonard

Ms. B.C. is dedicated to vocalist Betty Carter, whose combos have also been a fertile training ground for future jazz greats. Check out the big band arrangement of this composition, recorded by Bobby Watson.


This uptempo swinger presents a rhythmically challenging melody and a unique set of chord changes that are easy to listen to and fun to play once they've been mastered. This piece generates energy with short phrases that begin and end in unusual places throughout the A section and then smoothes out for the bridge only to resume the rhythmically-agitated feel again for the final A. SOLOS: The changes are unusual and will require some study, especially to play at the recorded tempo. However, most chords get two bars, and they are all closely related and easy to hear after a little practice. * Jazz Repertory Transcription Series includes chord voicings, bass lines, drum fills and cued melody lines in rhythm section parts.

Recorded by ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS on ALBUM OF THE YEAR Impulse: MCAD 33103 / Blue Note CDP 7 971902 / Recorded April 12, 1981

1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Alto Sax, Tenor Sax
3rd part: Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trombone