Recorded by the Duke Pearson Big Band
Arranged by Duke Pearson, Edited by Jeffrey Sultanof
Here is another fantastic arrangement from Duke Pearson. The original manuscript has been used to produce this arrangement - this is NOT a transcription.
'Minor League' was recorded in 1968 on the 'Now Hear This' record for Blue Note and featured a cast of incredible players including Frank Foster, Marvin Stamm, Garnett Brown, Jerry Dodgion, Pepper Adams, Bob Cranshaw, and of course, pianist/arranger/conductor Duke Pearson. This up-tempo swing chart is will certainly bring out the best of your players.
Based around a C minor blues, this advanced-level arrangement features beautifully contrasting sectional interplay as well as punchy brass. A strong reading drummer is essential to carry this off.
Solos are featured for trombone, alto saxophone, and trumpet - on the record they were played by Garnett Brown, Al Gibbons, and Marvin Stamm. It also has an optional open solo section on a C minor blues. The original manuscript and recording did not have a guitarist; however, an optional guitar part has been included. This would make an incredible festival or competition chart and allow you to showcase the entire band. This is a pro-level chart and as such the ranges are demanding: trumpet 1 goes to high G and trombone 1 goes to high C. There are no saxophone doubles.
Trumpet 1: to high G (4 ledger lines above staff)
Trombone 1: to high C (middle of treble staff)