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    For Frank: More Benny C.

    Frank...

    Your recent work inspired me to get something done for once!

    Here--as threatened--is "I'm in the Mood for Swing," in a Supersax-style chart.

    The Supersax voicing is reasonably formulaic, but what a swell formula it is!

    This tune was relatively easy to do because it consists largely of chord tones with no difficult passing tones or non-harmonic tones. Some doubling, but not much. Most Eb 7ths are 13b9 because I had enough voices. (The piece is in Ab) I also tried to approach cadence points chromatically instead of diatonically, just because I like the half-step movement!

    I tried a shout chorus, but I didn't like it--too muddy, so I canned it.

    JABB: 2 altos, 2 tenors, bari, 2 trombones, bass trombone, piano, bass, drums
    COMB: Lead euphonium & solo (2 choruses)

    The solo on the MP3 is one I played and transcribed, fixing the notes I split. I alternated piano and sax backgrounds to vary the texture a bit.

    The intro and interlude is some cliche I heard someone play sometime, and the end is a delayed resolution with tritone substitutions before resolving--I borrowed that from Paul Desmond's version of "For All We Know."

    All done in Finale 2012.

    So, Frank, back atcha, with respect!!

    Snor
    Jim Williams
    Professor of Capitalism
    N9EJR
    Indianapolis Brass Choir
    All Your Bass Sus&Short Are Belong to Us.

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    Re: For Frank: More Benny C.

    Hi Snor

    (This is rather funny, 'Snor' translates as 'moustache' in Dutch.)

    About your jazz piece for Frank now. As I said, I'm not at all a jazz specialist, but I love the way the harmony is built up with all these enriched chords, the swinging bass line and the improvisations (which is great here, although not live). Fantastic. I wish I could do that. Great arrangement.

    Max

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    Max,
    Van harte bedankt voor je commentaren! (Thanks very much for your comments)
    Ik weet wel wat het woord "snor" betekent (ook al heb ik er geen!) (I know what the word 'snor' means, even though I don't have one)

    Met 5 stemmen kun je "dikke" akkoorden bouwen! (You can build some "fat" chordsd with 5 voices)

    De improvisatie is inderdaad de mijne, op euphonium, maar in Finale is het erg moeilijk een live-opname naast een partituur te maken; dus moest ik m'n solo in Finale uitschrijven. (The improv is indeed mine, but in Finale it's awfully difficult to include a live take in addition to a score, therefore I had to write my solo out in Finale)

    Frank had een stuk voor mij geschreven--ik wou 't hem terugbetalen! We zijn allebei gek op de muziek van de saxofonist Benny Carter.
    (Frank had written a piece for me; I wanted to pay him back for it. We're both crazy for the music of the saxophonist Benny Carter)

    Nogmaals bedankt! (Thanks again)

    Snorloze Snor (Moustache-less Snor)

    (Ik hou van Estelle Cruijff/Gullit!!!)
    Jim Williams
    Professor of Capitalism
    N9EJR
    Indianapolis Brass Choir
    All Your Bass Sus&Short Are Belong to Us.

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    Re: For Frank: More Benny C.

    Quote Originally Posted by snorlax View Post
    Max,
    Van harte bedankt voor je commentaren! (Thanks very much for your comments)
    Ik weet wel wat het woord "snor" betekent (ook al heb ik er geen!) (I know what the word 'snor' means, even though I don't have one)

    Met 5 stemmen kun je "dikke" akkoorden bouwen! (You can build some "fat" chordsd with 5 voices)

    De improvisatie is inderdaad de mijne, op euphonium, maar in Finale is het erg moeilijk een live-opname naast een partituur te maken; dus moest ik m'n solo in Finale uitschrijven. (The improv is indeed mine, but in Finale it's awfully difficult to include a live take in addition to a score, therefore I had to write my solo out in Finale)

    Frank had een stuk voor mij geschreven--ik wou 't hem terugbetalen! We zijn allebei gek op de muziek van de saxofonist Benny Carter.
    (Frank had written a piece for me; I wanted to pay him back for it. We're both crazy for the music of the saxophonist Benny Carter)

    Nogmaals bedankt! (Thanks again)

    Snorloze Snor (Moustache-less Snor)

    (Ik hou van Estelle Cruijff/Gullit!!!)
    Wat fijn om ook eens in je eigen taal te kunnen schrijven. How nice for once to reply in your own language.

    Max

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    Nice work Snor! It had been a really long time since I heard this song. I went on youtube to re listen to the Lionel Hampton band version of this. I had no idea that this went all the way back to 1938. I was only 45 years old then. Anyway, back to your arrangement. I like the supersax touch that you gave it. I hear that as a good technique for a song of this style. It is good to hear more jazz on this site. Keep it coming.
    Thanks for the Benny Carter tune. Jay

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    Hi Snor.
    I don't want to bother you asking for replying me in italian (),
    so I wish to congratulate you for your work the easiest way.
    You and Frank made me listen to some jazz after many years. And I really enjoyed it!
    Fabio
    Arrigo Beyle / Milanese / Lived, wrote, loved -- Stendhal
    Being Italian is a full-time job -- B. Severgnini

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabiolcati View Post
    Hi Snor.
    I don't want to bother you asking for replying me in italian ()
    Why not, one can learn something along the lines.......

    Raymond

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    Re: For Frank: More Benny C.

    Mr. Snor, this is great!! I loved it all the way. We need more jazz!!!

    Raymond

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymond62 View Post
    Mr. Snor, this is great!! I loved it all the way. We need more jazz!!!

    Raymond
    The WORLD needs more Jazz!!
    Jim Williams
    Professor of Capitalism
    N9EJR
    Indianapolis Brass Choir
    All Your Bass Sus&Short Are Belong to Us.

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    Re: For Frank: More Benny C.

    Quote Originally Posted by fabiolcati View Post
    Hi Snor.
    I don't want to bother you asking for replying me in italian (),
    so I wish to congratulate you for your work the easiest way.
    You and Frank made me listen to some jazz after many years. And I really enjoyed it!
    Glad you enjoyed, Fabio!...thank you

    as I wrote above...
    il mondo ha bisogno del Jazz.

    I should stop there with Italian .

    Snor
    Jim Williams
    Professor of Capitalism
    N9EJR
    Indianapolis Brass Choir
    All Your Bass Sus&Short Are Belong to Us.

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