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Old Macdonald

By Frank Sinatra

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Big band with vocal - Difficult
By Frank Sinatra. Edited by Myles Collins. Arranged by Nelson Riddle. Jazz Vocal. Swing. Full score and set of parts. Published by Lush Life (JL.LL-2274).

Item Number: JL.LL-2274

This chart has been transcribed from the Nelson Riddle arrangement on Sinatra's album 'Sinatra's Swingin' Session' from 1960. It is a 'builder,' and it builds up with style too. Nelson Riddle took this simple children's nursery rhyme tune and created a swinging masterpiece. The chart opens in the key of E, and modulates chromatically to the final key of A, all the while adding layers of backing from the band. Rhythm, then Saxes, then Trombones, then add some solo Trumpet fills, then the full band, all the while building the intensity up to a rip-roaring finish. This chart will be a real crowd-pleaser. It has been graded as difficult, as the brass ranges are quite high. Lead Trumpet to high F#, 2nd to high F# in one of the "as played" solo fills, and lead Trombone to B. Aside from the range issue, the chart is not hard to play. The piano line for the first 16 measures have been written out to match the original. There are no sax doubles, and the 4th Trombone is Bass. Swing @ 175 b.p.m. Ranges: Trumpets 1-4: F#6, F#6, A#5, F#5 Trombones 1-4: B4, F#4, E4, C#4 Vocal key: E modulating through all intermediary keys ending in A (E, F, F#, G, G#, A) Vocal Range: B2 - E4 (11 steps, as sung).

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