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A Little Minor Setback

New From Kendor Music!! This is a swinger in the Blue Note tradition and is based on an evolving minor blues progression. Just as the groove progresses from 2-beat swing to straight ahead 4, so does the harmonic progression which begins as a 16 bar extended minor blues. The chart builds to a solo send off […]

The Orchestrators Toolkit

Developed by Rick Lawn and Steve Tjernagel, the Orchestrators ToolKit is a helpful computer resource for Windows, Apple and Linux operating systems. The ToolKit provides large menu of instrument sounds recorded over their full range. All of the sounds in the ToolKit library were professionally recorded and are real instruments not synthesized replicas.  The TookKit […]

The Yellow Rose (of Texas)

Who would have thought that there was still life in an old chestnut like The Yellow Rose of Texas? Well there is in this captivating funky, hip-hop version by Rick Lawn that turns into a double time straight ahead style for solos and further development. The solo section features alto sax and any other instrument […]

The Eyes of Texas

The Eyes of Texas, aka I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad, is an old chestnut that’s been dressed up in new clothes by arranger Rick Lawn. The style moves from a fast bossa or samba feel to swing and solos chord changes are provided for tenor sax, piano and guitar which is optional. Lead trumpet […]

Piece of Silver

I’ve always been a fan of Horace Silver’s music, consistently brought to life by a band of the finest sidemen whether it was Tom Harrell and Bob Berg or Michael Brecker and his brother Randy. As the title suggests, this original is a tribute to Horace and is very reminiscent of his style. The 7/4 […]

Earth Tones Recording

Power of Ten released their first CD Earth Tones in November of 2011 to favorable reviews from All About Jazz and the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Jazz Blog Watch in the UK and syndicated in many languages throughout Europe. Here is what the critics have said about Rick Lawn’s Power of Ten10 – Earth Tones: […]

Power of Ten

Power of Ten is a unique little big band comprised of Philadelphia’s most in demand, first call musicians, who also teach at the University of the Arts School of Music. They released their first CD Earth Tones  in 2011 to favorable reviews from All About Jazz, Jazz Inside Magazine, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. The band […]

We Free Kings

This is my take on the Christmas season classic. It offers solo space for just about anyone and is fun to play. If you are looking for something special for those seasonal gigs this chart should fit the bill. The A section is built off of the bass line from “All Blues.” INSTRUMENTATION: DIFFICULTY: Medium […]

Retrospect (10 piece)

This moody soprano sax feature also features your pianist. It is also available on this site as a full big band chart. Recorded by Power of Ten on their CD Earth Tones, it is predominantly a ballad in 3/4 & 9/8, its haunting and introspective qualities yield to a short double-time chorus that also serves […]

Out on a Limb (10 piece)

This is the 10 piece band version of the same piece recorded by the Third Coast Jazz Orchestra on their Sea Breeze label release “Unknown Soldiers.” This chart is in the classic Latin/swing “On Green Dolphin St.” style. Soloist include trumpet, tenor, piano and drums. Instrumentation: 5/4/4/4 Grade Level: Medium-Difficult Play DemoOut On a Limb […]