Just One Of Those Things - Jazz Big Band Arrangement
Jazz Big Band Arrangement
Well, what can you say about Rob McConnell's writing that hasn't already been said? His writing is consistently interesting, surprising, and swinging. This arrangement is a perfect example of why he was one of the most important writers of the second half of the 20th Century. He takes the Cole Porter standard Just One of Those Things and turns it on its head. For the first chorus Rob took an improvised solo and harmonized it for the reeds (ala Supersax). The arrangement drops down to half time with some nice swinging figures until it gradually starts to accelerate back to tempo I. This accelerando section (16 bars) will be tricky for any band to pull off but is an amazing effect. This arrangement features solos for trumpet 5 and trombone 5 (those parts were written for Guido Basso and McConnell himself). There is no getting around the fact that this arrangement will require work from even the most experienced bands. There are reed doubles, some meter changes, tempo changes, and high range notes for brass. But, if you have the time and players this would be a standout piece for any festival or concert! Ranges: Trumpet 1: to E6; Trumpet 2: to C6; Trombone 1: to Bb4. Swing, advanced.