1. When creating an arrangement of standards where vocals will be performed, what keys are generally good to use if the range/ability of the singer is not known beforehand?
2. Is there a standard way of arranging for a combo (Trumpet, Tenor/Alto, Trombone + RS) that will generally sound good and be playable by musicians of unknown but general ability? For example, allow the bass note to be played by the Bass and then use close position melody, 7th and 3rd in the horns, or drop 2 style, etc.?
If anyone knows of any resources for this information, I would appreciate hearing about them, either books or web links. I haven't found any combo arrangements in the library to study, only big band charts.
I just looking for some guidelines to use to get a reasonable sounding generic arrangement as a place to start from.
Thanks for any replies.