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Big Dipper

Straight-Ahead Blues
big band
Product number: KN 64006
Edition: Score and parts
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This new advanced level edition is taken directly from the original ink parts that were on the stands at the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra (now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra) debut performance in February 1966 and continues to be played by the group Monday nights at the Village Vanguard in New York City. Originally commissioned by Count Basie for an entire album of Thad Jones’ music, however Basie never made the record, instead suggesting that Thad start his own band. This extended 16-bar blues still maintain that swinging Basie mindset in a straight-ahead blues style. Its basic foundations are a relaxed but powerful rhythm section with a driving ride cymbal beat and crisp hi-hat, underpinning saxes and brass that are tight, and always on the back of the beat.

Orchestral Cast

Alto Sax 1, Alto Sax 2, Tenor Sax 1, Tenor Sax 2, Baritone Sax, Trumpet 1-4, Trombone 1-4, Piano/Guitar (2 copies), Bass, Drums

More Information

Big Dipper
Straight-Ahead Blues
Score and parts
Level of difficulty:
Kendor Music
4 ′40 ′′

Technical Details

Product number:
KN 64006
0,29 kg

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