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Big Band, Trombone Quartets, and Tentet Arrangements (PDF)

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Big Band, Trombone Quartets, and Tentet Arrangements (PDF)

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Big Band Arrangements

Arrangement notes:

  • 3 ‘n 2 (Reeves)
    Solos: tenor, trumpet
    An up-tempo swinger with some bitonal harmonies & a phrygian bridge. A BMI Jazz Composers Workshop showcase selection. The big band version appears on the Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra release “Portraits & Places,” and a small group version on “Shape Shifter.” Moderate.
  • Aguas de Março (Jobim/Reeves)
    Solos: tenor 2, piano, trumpet 4
    Doubles: soprano lead/flute, alto 2: flute, tenor 1: clarinet, tenor 2: clarinet, bari: bass clarinet. Optional wordless vocal part.
    A Jobim classic also known as “Waters of March.” Commissioned by the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, the big band version appears on the Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra release “Portraits & Places.” Moderate.
  • All or Nothing at All (Altman/Reeves)
    Solos: bone 1, alto 2. No doubles
    The standard reinvented as half straight 8th – half swing. Imagine Ahmad Jamal’s “Poinciana” meets Basie. From the 2018 Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra CD “Without a Trace.” Moderate.
  • Arioso (Williams/Reeves)
    Solos: trumpet 4, soprano, piano
    Doubles: soprano lead, alto 2 - flute, tenor 1 - flute
    James Williams’ classic burning jazz waltz with a soulful piano interlude. Recorded by the Bill Mobley Big Band - “Live at Smoke.” Moderate.
  • Hip Kitty (Reeves)
    Solo: piano feature. No doubles
    An eccentric swinger based on motives from Bartok’s “Miraculous Mandarin” ballet suite, although the piano solos on the blues form. A BMI Jazz Composers Workshop showcase selection. Recorded on the Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra release “Portraits & Places.” Moderate.
  • Incandescence (Reeves)
    Solos: bass, piano, flugelhorn
    Doubles: soprano lead, alto 2 - flute, tenor 1: clarinet, tenor 2: clarinet, bari: bass clarinet. Trumpets double on flugelhorns.
    A tone poem influenced by French impressionism with meter changes. From the 2018 Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra CD “Without a Trace,” and small group version appears on the Scott Reeves Quintet CD “Shape Shifter.” Moderate.
  • Ju Ju (Shorter/Reeves)
    Solos: tenor 1, bone 1, drums. No doubles
    A Westchester Jazz Orchestra commission, this arrangement of Shorter’s classic combines his recent Afro-Cuban version with the swinging Blue Note version. From the 2018 Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra CD “Without a Trace.” Part of Wayne’s solo has been orchestrated for saxes. Moderately difficult.
  • Knepper (Reeves)
    Solos: open sections for brass & sax solos and bass, no doubles
    A tribute to Jimmy Knepper, set in an Art Blakey “Moanin’” groove. Moderate.
  • Last Call (Reeves)
    Solos: trombone, alto sax
    Doubles: some flute in alto 1 & 2, but parts available without doubles on request.
    A blues with a twist – A Basie groove meets Monkish dissonance. The big band version is on Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra release “Portraits & Places,” and a small group version on “Shape Shifter.” Moderate.
  • Osaka June (Reeves)
    Solos: soprano sax, guitar or piano
    Doubles: soprano lead, alto 2 - flute, tenor 1 & 2 - clarinet, baritone - bass clarinet, optional wordless vocal part.
    A Japanese-inspired adventure and a BMI Jazz Composers Workshop showcase selection. Recorded by Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra release on “Portraits & Places.” Difficult, with multiple meter & tempo changes.
  • Something for Thad (Reeves)
    Solos: trumpet 4, bone 2. No doubles
    A bop swinger based on “I Got Rhythm” changes, featuring an extensive sax soli. Recorded on “Globarhythm” by the Osaka-based Global Jazz Orchestra and the 2018 Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra CD “Without a Trace.” Moderate difficulty.
  • The Soulful Mr. Williams (Reeves)
    Solos: open for any sax, open for any brass, and piano
    Doubles: soprano lead
    My tribute to pianist James Williams. A moderately-slow bluesy tone poem. The big band version appears on the 2016 Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra release “Portraits & Places,” and in a small group version on the Scott Reeves Quintet CD “Shape Shifter.” Moderate.
  • A Trombonist’s Tale (Reeves)
    Solo: 2nd trombone feature
    Doubles: alto 1 & 2 - flute; tenor 1 & 2  - clarinet, baritone - bass clarinet throughout.
    The 2nd movement of the “L & T Suite,” a Spanish dirge in 6/4 with a major bossa section in 4/4 for the trombone solo. A BMI Jazz Composers Workshop showcase selection which Includes references to works by Copland and Bernstein. From the Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra release “Portraits & Places,” Moderately difficult.
  • Speak Low (Weill/Reeves)
    Solos: alto 1, trumpet 4, bone 1, drums. No doubles
    A salsa version of the standard with an exciting shout chorus. From the 2018 Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra CD “Without a Trace.” Moderate.
  • Waltz from Shape Shifter (Reeves)
    Solos: open section for any horn, piano
    Doubles: soprano lead
    A 12-tone based extended composition featuring meter & tempo changes and some free improvisation. A BMI Jazz Composers Workshop showcase selection, the big band version appears on the 2018 Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra CD “Without a Trace.” Small group versions recorded on Scott Reeves’ “Shape Shifter” and Manhattan Bones’ “Tribute.” Difficul
  • Wants to Dance (Reeves)
    Solo: tenor saxophone
    Doubles: some flute in 2nd alto
    The first movement of the “L & T Suite,” an uptempo motivic adventure in the Brookmeyer tradition. Includes references to works by Copland and Bernstein. Appears on the Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra release “Portraits & Places.” Moderate.
  • Without a Trace (Reeves) – available in 2 versions, one featuring voice, the other featuring alto sax
    Solos: tenor sax and piano on vocal version, alto sax and piano on the alto feature
    From the 2018 Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra CD “Without a Trace.” Vocal version requires a skilled vocalist.

QUARTET + RHYTHM ARRANGEMENTS

Arrangements are written for 4 trombones and accompanying rhythm.

TENTET ARRANGEMENTS

Tentet arrangements are written for 3 saxes, 2 trumpets, 2 bones & rhythm. 

Arrangement notes:

  • All or Nothing at All (Altman/Reeves) – a reduction of the big band chart for 7 horns
    Solos: bone 1, alto 2. No doubles
    The standard reinvented as half straight 8th – half swing. Imagine Ahmad Jamal’s “Poinciana” meets Basie. From the 2018 Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra CD “Without a Trace.” Moderate.
  • In the Now (Reeves)
    Solos: open, no doubles
    A tribute to Woody Shaw, burning modal & chord change. Moderate.
  • Knepper (Reeves)
    Solos: open, no doubles – a reduction of the big band chart for 7 horns
    A tribute to Jimmy Knepper, set in an Art Blakey “Moanin’” groove. Moderate.
  • Last Call (Reeves) – a reduction of the big band chart for 7 horns
    Solos: bone 1, alto 2. No doubles
    Solos: open
    A blues with a twist – A Basie groove meets Monkish dissonance. The big band version is on Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra release “Portraits & Places.” Moderate.
  • The Soulful Mr. Williams (Reeves) – a reduction of the big band chart for 7 horns
    Solos: open, doubles: soprano lead    
    My tribute to pianist James Williams. A moderately-slow bluesy tone poem. The big band version appears on the 2016 Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra release “Portraits & Places.” Moderate
  • Wants to Dance (Reeves) – a reduction of the big band chart for 7 horns
    Solo: tenor saxophone
    Doubles: some flute in 2nd alto
    The first movement of the “L & T Suite,” an uptempo motivic adventure in the Brookmeyer tradition. Includes references to works by Copland and Bernstein. Appears on the Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra release “Portraits & Places.” Moderate.
  • Without a Trace (Reeves) – a reduction of the big band chart for 7 horns
    Solos: alto sax and trombone
    From the 2018 Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra CD “Without a Trace.”