Recorded by the Duke Ellington Orchestra
Arranged by Duke Ellington, Transcribed by Chris Crenshaw
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Cat #: JLC-5022


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Edition: Jazz Big Band Arrangement

Description: Swing - Difficult

Publisher: Jazz at Lincoln Center

Duke crafted a 'rhythm changes' tune tailor-made for George 'Buster' Cooper. Cooper was an extroverted and gregarious person, and that personality came out of his horn every time he played. He is the epitome of "que sera sera," but it’s obvious he worked hard on his craft so he could express himself through his trombone. A lot of his vocabulary is forward momentum through repeated notes, the blues, singing through the horn (check out ‘Blu-Binsky’ from A. K. Salim’s 'Pretty for the People'), and literally ending tunes on a high note. This is a chance for your trombonist to play rhythm changes with humorous accuracy, if there is even such a thing. Recorded in 1966. From the 2022 Essentially Ellington competition.

Full Score
2 Alto Saxophones
2 Tenor Saxophones
Baritone Saxophone
4 Trumpets
3 Trombones
Trumpet 1: G6
Trombone 1: Bb4