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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 time signature makes the funky groove a little challenging, but the solo section is in 4/4.

This 10 piece band chart was recorded by Power of Ten and featured Tony Miceli, Tom Lawton, Chris Farr, George Rabbai and Erik Johnson as soloists. When we got around to mixing and mastering tracks for the CD Earth Tones we found that only 10 tracks would fit! Something had to go and you are the beneficiary! We are offering you this free download track as a bonus for following Power of Ten. Just click on FREE TRACK and it will download as an MP3 track to your computer.

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If you also like to buy the chart, you may do that here as well. Written in 7/4, this funkly tune borrows many of the Silver trademarks and is challenging for bands not used to playing in odd meters. But once you get it it flows comfortably. Solos are for optional vibes (piano or guitar), piano, tenor and trumpet.

INSTRUMENTATION: alto,tenor, bari saxes; 2 trumpets & trombone; piano, vibes, guitar, bass and drums.

DIFFICULTY: Difficult

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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 as a surprise intro. Lush harmonies and woodwind/horn counter-lines abound. Sax doubles. Two French horn parts are optional and cued in the saxophones.

Instrumentation:alt dbl fl, tenor dbl sop., bari dbl bass clar., 2-trumpets dbl flugel, trombone, vibes (opt), guitar, piano, bass, drums
Grade Level: Difficult

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Hopscotch (10 piece)

One of my more recent compositions, this one is also available here for full big band for big band (5/4/4/4. This chart is a tour de force for baritone soloist and was written for the emerging talent Mark Allen who is featured on the Power of Ten Earth Tones CD. While the saxophone parts are challenging, brass parts are reasonable as are rhythm except for piano that has some difficult octave unison written solo lines.

Instrumentation: alto, tenor, bari, 2-trumpets, trombone, piano, vibes (opt.), guitar, bass & drums
Grade Level: Difficult

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Hey, Gates

Dedicated to Lionel Hampton, this straight ahead rhythm changes chart hints at Hamp’s signature tune “Flying Home.” Just like Lester Young often referred to everyone as Lady xxx, Hamp called everyone “Gates.” Two solo separate sections for vibes or piano and trumpet can be opened up for more soloists. The chart also briefly features drums in exchanges with the band. Alto doubles on flute and soprano and tenor sax doubles on soprano.

Instrumentation: alto dbl. sop. & fl; tenor dbl. sop.; bari; 2-tpts; bone; piano/vibes; guitar; bass; drums

Grade Level:Difficult

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Rapsodie for Saxophone (arr. for quartet)

Greg Knapp’s stunning transcription and arrangement of Claude Debussy’s work composed for saxophone soloist and orchestra is far more exciting than the original, often criticized as an uninspired effort. This arrangement was informed by original orchestral recordings and the unorchestrated piano/soloist score. The orchestral reduction that includes significant soloist passages pushes the skills of the quartet to its limits both technically and musically. The work was recorded by the Nova Saxophone Quartet on their InNOVAtions recording available in digital download format from Cd Baby.

Instrumentation: SATB
Grade Level: Difficult

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(misc-008)This arrangement will be available soon in manuscript form.


Quartet in C Minor by G. W. Knapp

Featured on the Nova Saxophone Quartet’s Double Image recording, this challenging four movement quartet for SATB is available EXCLUSIVELY FROM RICK LAWN.COM! But please be patient as we prepare the score and parts for purchase.

Instrumentation: SATB

Listen to samples of each movement or purchase the entire CD right from this web site. Just follow the link above to hear the recording of this exciting quartet.

We are hoping to make this major four movement work commissioned by Nova available for sale in its original manuscript form with full score and parts. Check back soon for updates!

Incantation and Dance

Commissioned by the University of Northern Iowa in celebration of 50 years in jazz education, this chart is a challenging episodic work that begins with a somewhat dark, evolving incantation that can make use of extra percussion including tympani. An Afro-Latin groove takes over (that makes use of additional perc. including marimba) that eventually moves to a straight ahead groove for solos. Solos can be for alto sax, trombone and/or rhythm player.

Instrumentation: 5/4/4/4 plus perc.
Grade Level: Difficult

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Donna Lee

Featuring a Super Sax style sax soli based on Charlie Parker’s classic improvised solo, this chart is a challenging crowd pleaser and worth the effort. A piano/guitar solo is also featured. A slightly modified version to feature saxophonist Tony Campisi was recorded by the Third Coast Jazz Orchestra on “Unknown Soldiers” (Sea Breeze label)

Instrumentation: 5/4/4/4
Grade Level: Difficult

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(recording is the Kendor Music demo not the recording by the Third Coast Jazz Orchestra)

Lennies Pennies

This is an up-tempo burning arrangement of Lennie Tristano’s famous tune features a challenging sax soli and piano solo. It is available exclusively here from RickLawn.com

Instrumentation: 5/4/4/4 (gtr. optional)
Grade Level:Difficult

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(The cup muted trumpet playing the head with the saxes is entirely optional!)

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THIS CHART IS NOT YET AVAILABLE AT MY STORE FRONT BUT WILL BE SOON.

Mother Nature

As the title indicates, this chart depicts the many changing and unpredictable moods associated with Mother Nature. It is influenced by Kenny Wheeler, Jim McNeely, and Vince Mendoza. Lengthy solos are for Trumpet and Tenor while the soprano sax gets a brief solo. The percussion part (marimba & vibes) is important, however, guitar is optional. Woodwind doubles are easy. Lead alto dbls on flute & soprano, baritone dbls on bass clarinet. As recorded by 3rd Coast Jazz Orchestra Plays the music of Rick Lawn on Sea Breeze Jazz. See master Otter CD catalog.

Instrumentation: 5/4/4/4/(2 keyboards)
Grade Level: Difficult

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