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Feelin' the Funk

By Erik Morales

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Jazz ensemble - Level 3
Composed by Erik Morales. Jazz Band. FJH Intermediate Jazz Ensemble. Score only. Full Set (score and parts) also available: JE4137. Score only. Duration 4 minutes, 15 seconds. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.JE4137S).

Item Number: FJ.JE4137S

Feelin' the Funk was inspired by the funk stylings of James Brown and such groups as Tower of Power, and Blood, Sweat, and Tears. The drummer sets the funk rhythm from the beginning as a basis for development of the style. The key to this rhythm is the emphasis on the upbeat of 4 in the first measure of the 2-bar phrase. You may also notice a slight inference to the New Orleans - street beat style in the melody. Be careful to maintain a steady medium tempo throughout the tune (quarter note = 120). The tendency to rush will make the ensemble feature at bar 89 very difficult. Eighth notes are straight throughout this chart.

About FJH Intermediate Jazz Ensemble

Appropriate for high school jazz ensembles. Lead trumpet ranges are modest and occasionally include optional notes for more accomplished players. Written solos are provided along with suggested parts for rhythm section and drum set. Guitar chord guide included. Grades 3 - 3.5

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