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Seeds

This beautifully orchestrated composition serves as the introductory movement to a four episode jazz dance suite entitled Mirrors: Four Reflections in Jazz and Dance. Traditional West African motives and Duke Ellington’s influence predominate as the piece moves from a chant-like introduction into a smooth African 9/8 feel. Percussion is essential as are two soprano saxes to interpret the free form written out duet complete with multiphonics. Alto I-sop./fl., Alto II-sop. /Fl./clar., Ten. I & II-clar., and Tpts II & IV-flugel.

Instrumentation: 5/4/4/4 (additional perc.)

Grade Level: Difficult

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Boundaries

A challenging, very contemporary chart that erases those lines between improvised and composed music; contemporary classical music and jazz; organization and chaos. Much of it is not based on traditional tonal organization though there are reoccurring themes, some chord progressions and pedal points to provide continuity. This chart was premiered by the Univ. of Texas at Austin Jazz Orchestra at the 1997 IAJE Convention. Solos are for Trumpet, Tenor, Piano, and Drums. Sax doubles. Chart works best with two keyboard players (piano and synth) though one will do especially if guitar is available. 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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Pharoah’s Thing

Trane of Thoughts

Lots of Coltrane influence here with this chart. The melody is beautifully scored, making use of muted brass and saxes floating calmly over a quietly driving rhythm section. Lots of solo space, a fun development section, an optional sax soli and a perfect closing. Alto 1 doubles on soprano. 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/
Grade Level: Difficult

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Donna Lee (Sax Quartet)

Featured on the Nova Saxophone Quartet’s Double Image recording, this challenging Super Sax style harmonization of Charlie Parker’s seminal recording will challenge even the best players. An option set drummer makes this arrangement swing that much harder. Scored for AATB this arrangement will be made available EXCLUSIVELY FROM RICK LAWN.COM! But please be patient as we prepare the score and parts for purchase.

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Instrumentation: Alto,Alto,Tenor,Baritone (optional drum set)

Grade Level:Difficult

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Eleven

Rhythmically speaking this chart is very challenging at first reading as would be expected of something that served as Gil Evans theme song in his latter years. Gil’s close relationship with Miles lasted for years after their landmark collaborations and this tune confirms it as it is the same as Miles’ Petits Machins (Little Stuff) from his Filles de Kilimanjaro recording. Bands will need a stout lead trumpet player and sturdy rhythm section to make this arrangement work.  There is plenty of solo space for second trumpet and alto sax.

Instrumentation: Alto, Tenor, Baritone, 2 Trumpets, 1 Trombone & Rhythm
Grade Level: Difficult

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Naima

Another arrangement of this Coltrane classic, but in this not a ballad but an up tempo version. The chart begins with a free section that eludes to the tune before the tempo is established. Solos for 2nd trumpet and or tenor and drums. All things considered, a very different take on this classic Trane tune.

Instrumentation: Alto, Tenor, Baritone, 2 Trumpets, 1 Trombone & Rhythm and optional violin
Grade Level:Difficult

 

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Giant Steps

Yes, believe it or not yet another take on “Giant Steps,” John Coltrane’s signature piece along with several others. This was the first completed in a trilogy tribute to Trane (check out Naima also available for 10 piece band). Lots of re-harmonizations, changing meters and challenging ensemble sections present rewarding moments for the band and audience. Solos are for guitar or piano, tenor sax and drums.

Instrumentation: alto, tenor, bari sax, 2 tpts, T-bone, piano, guitar, bass, drums
Grade Level:Difficult

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You’re Under Arrest

This arrangement of John Scofield’s title track from the late Miles Davis Album is based losely on rhythm changes with a few twists and in a funky modern style. Gil Evans late style can be heard as influences in this very contemporary chart.  Lots of solo flexability includes space for keyboard, guitar, alto and tenor saxophone.

Instrumentation: alto/soprano, tenor, bari sax, 2 tpts , T-bone, piano (synth preferred), guitar, bass, drums
Grade Level: Difficult

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Hill Country Miniatures