Warm Valley by Duke Ellington (1899-1974). Arranged by Don Sebesky. For jazz ensemble (5-4-4-3). Don Sebesky Series. Ballad. Grade 3-4. Score and set of parts. Published by Sierra Music (S1.SMP-342).
Don Sebesky has taken Ellington's melody and created a warm, sensuous chart which will be played for years to come. The ensemble voicings and colorful harmonies are set in a kind of Li'l Darlin'-ish type of feel. This will be a wonderful contrast on any jazz program, as the brass ranges are very easy, and the effect of the chart is very mellow and peaceful. A must for any big band library! 5-4-4-3.