Bop Bounce (AKA Harlequin Bounce) - Jazz Big Band Arrangement
This brilliant bebop arrangement was written by Benny in 1948 for a broadcast on Armed Forces Radio. The big band featured tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon. This arrangement is much in the style of the charts that were recorded by the bebop big bands of Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Eckstine. Sometime after it was recorded Benny changed the title to Harlequin Bounce. It was then recorded in part for a video short, put together with Carter's arrangement of Congero. The reeds are featured playing the melody with the brass providing punching accents. This chart showcases some intricate unison lines in both reeds and brass. These sections will take a considerable amount of work to get it right. If your band can put it together this would make a great festival or concert piece. Solos are for piano, trombone, tenor saxophone, and the solo alto. Ranges: Trumpets 1-3: Eb6; All Trombones: Bb4. Swing/advanced.