Recorded by the Duke Pearson Big Band
Arranged by Duke Pearson, Edited by Jeffrey Sultanof
Here is one of Duke Pearson's best compositions, exactly as he arranged it for his big band in 1967. This publication has been engraved directly from the original manuscript, this is not a transcription.
This is from the original Blue Note liner notes:
"Listen carefully to what New Girl has to say. This composition builds around a number of beautiful choruses on trumpet by Burt Collins. Catch Mickey Roker's accents alongside the wonderful ensemble work of the exciting brass and sax figures. They lead into the tenor work of Lew Tabackin, Duke's fine piano flow, the out choruses of Burt Collins, and finally the backbone of the entire band, Mickey Roker's support. This composition does musically what a new girl would do - bring out the excitement in your musical genes."
The chart opens with alto 1 and tenor 1 on flute and baritone on clarinet. There is some alternating between 3/4 and 4/4 for the first 8 bars and towards the end of the arrangement as well. The melody is then picked up by the lead tenor and trumpet 5 - who is the star of the show. In fact, this chart would work great for a guest trumpet player. The whole band then comes in and leads up to the lengthy trumpet solo. After the trumpet solo comes a tenor solo then a one-chorus piano solo. The band then plays the melody out through a great shout chorus. In the original arrangement there was no guitar part; however, we have included one as an option.
Trumpet 1 to F#6
Trombone 1 to B4