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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 should you choose to open it up. And the drummer gets some in a solo section that features exchanges between drums and ensemble. The bass part features both written lines and chord symbols as does the piano (including some solo fills) and optional guitar part. Lead trombone is written to A above middle C and lead trumpet to written high C# with some options to high D. These difficulties plus some of the rhythmic challenges suggests that this charts should be classified between Advanced and Medium Difficult. Instrumentation: 2 Trumpets, Trombone, Alto, Tenor and Bari Saxes, Guitar (Optional), Piano, Bass and Drums

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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 is written to D above high C making this chart in the medium difficult range. Bass parts are written out and chord changes are provide. Texans have never heard “The Eyes” quite this way, guaranteed! Instrumentation is Alto, Tenor, Bari Sax, 2 Trumpets, Piano, Guitar (Optional) Bass and Drums.

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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.”

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DIFFICULTY: Medium

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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

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Earth Tones

The title track from the Power of Ten’s first CD, this chart features 3 interconnected sections – a chorale or incantation, a 6/4 Afro section ala the Yellowjackets, and a minimalistic section that precedes a drum solo before the D.S. to the bridge and a strong closing. Solos are for vibes (piano or guitar) and trombone.

INSTRUMENTATION: Alto, tenor/soprano, bari, 2 trumpets, trombone, vibes, piano, guitar, bass and drums

DIFFICULTY: Medium-Difficult

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Ease It!

Based on the Paul Chambers/Cannonball Adderley blues head, this charts is arranged in a style reminiscent of Gil Evans’ imaginative early orchestrations. Solo sections for bass and just about any other instrument abound. Solo backgrounds help to propel things forward to an exciting shout chorus. Alto doubles on flute. This chart challenges your bassist to step up.

Instrumentation: Alto dbl flute; ten; bari; 2-tpts, 1 bone, Piano/Vibes, Bass, Guitar & Drums

Grade Level: Medium-Difficult

Black Bottom Stomp

This challenging arrangement by Rick Lawn is featured on the Nova Saxophone Quartet’s recording Double Image. Follow the link to audition and excerpt of this recording or purchase the entire album. This arrangement is based, note for note, on the original Jelly Roll Morton Red Hot Peppers recording including Rick’s orchestration of the banjo solo across the quartet! The score and parts will be available on this web site soon so stop back!

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Grade Level:Medium-Difficult

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Unknown Soldiers

This unusual big band chart is a somber, introspective hymn with a Spanish flavor, drawing influences from David Sanborn, Gil Evans, and classical styles. Saxes need to double on flute or clarinet. An extra percussionist is also desirable. Solos for Alto, trumpet, and guitar. 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/perc.
Grade Level: Difficult

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Hard Core

Gospel style up-temp funky tune that features trombone and synth solos.

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

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Zephyr

An exciting Latin piece that features soprano sax and flugelhorn chart that was inspired by early Chuck Mangione and written for Gerry Niewood. This chart never gets dated and is a great closer.

Instrumentation: 5/4/4/4 (guitar is optional)
Grade Level: Medium-Difficult

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