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Combo Sounds of the Big Band Era, Volume 2

B-flat Instruments

By Jack Bullock

Jazz Ensemble B-flat Instruments
Volume 2. B-flat Instruments. Arranged by Jack Bullock. Collections; Jazz Ensemble Collection; Performance Music Ensemble. Jazz. Book. 28 pages. Alfred Music #00-SB290. Published by Alfred Music (AP.SB290).

Item Number: AP.SB290

ISBN 9780769261034. English.

The tunes made popular in the '40s are still alive in contemporary arrangements. All are written in compatible books and are great for combos of 2, 3 or more. Titles include: C Jam Blues * Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me * Georgia on My Mind * In a Mellow Tone * It Don't Mean a Thing * Over the Rainbow * 720 in the Books.

  • Eager Beaver  Additional credits Stan Kenton
  • Elmer's Tune  Additional credits Elmer Albrecht,Sammy Gallop,Dick Jurgens
  • One O'Clock Jump  Composed by Count Basie
  • Don't Be That Way  Additional credits Mitchell Parish,Benny Goodman,Edgar Sampson
  • Georgia on My Mind  Composed by Hoagy Carmichael;Lyrics by Stuart Gorrell
  • C Jam Blues (Instrumental)  Additional credits Duke Ellington
  • Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me  Additional credits Duke Ellington,Bob Russell
  • Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me)  Composed by Lew Brown,Charles Tobias,Sam H. Stept
  • In a Mellow Tone (Instrumental Version)  Additional credits Duke Ellington
  • It Don't Mean a Thing (If it ain't got That Swing)  Composed by Duke Ellington;Lyrics by Irving Mills
  • Over The Rainbow  Composed by Harold Arlen;Lyrics by E.Y. "Yip" Harburg
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

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  • February 19, 2016 Combo Sounds of Big Band Era

    The Bullock Big Band Combo books could be rated anywhere one to five stars depending on how they are used. I've used them for a long time and they are excellent writing for three horns, especially the treble cleff instruments cl,tp,as,and ts. Range is comfortable for...

    most players. Difficulty presents challenge for most players. They really are too short for performance or dance band use, requiring thought and jiggering as to how to extend them. Best use is for three horns, tho we've been successful using four or sometimes five, often using a drop voice technique for a trombone or tenor sax in the combo mix. Or, double the parts for use by more than three horns. The books can by used by one or two horns. Rhythm books include a written bass line, chords, and melody.

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  • 2

    Greg Graham
    Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • March 31, 2009 Familiar tunes but very elementary arrangements

    This set has a great tune list, but, like a can of baked beans, needs lots of doctoring to make it acceptable for public consumption. There are only very elementary intros and endings. It is essentially the head with three part harmony. You need to map out who plays what...

    when to give it some variety. Expect to mark up the parts extensively to change the mix for the second time through, on the bridge, behind solos, etc. None of that is done for you. Less experienced players who are used to reading down a chart as-is may be uncomfortable or confused with a penciled-in roadmap. If you are used to working from fake books, this is similar, but harmonized. Our female singer didn't find many tunes in a singable key. I assume the keys were selected to keep the horn range modest. These charts are similar to the old "Combo-Orks", but not as well harmonized. We will keep experimenting, but they are pretty plain.

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