JAZZ COMBO MUSIC
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Sextet "Flex" Charts
All of these are scored for 3 horns and rhythm. They include alternate horn parts with at least two different choices for each horn part. This gives you maximum flexibility including the ability to use them with larger ensembles. Click any title for more details.
Ballad / Chill Vibe
'Bones & Rhythm
Scored for 4 or 5 trombones + rhythm section.
CAN COMBO MUSIC REALLY BE THAT INTERESTING?
The combo music here covers a lot of musical and sonic turf: fun Calypso to Cool West Coast Jazz to Kenny Garrett-esque hard-swinging 3/4 to delicate ballad.
And then some.
I perform all of these tunes with my own groups here in Pennsylvania, so I know they sound great, audiences dig them, and they program wonderfully alongside well-known jazz standards.
MORE THAN JUST HEAD CHARTS
With maybe one exception, these arrangements include background figures and/or additional ensemble passages. This makes the arrangements more substantial and rewarding then the typical "Head - solo - solo - solo - head" combo chart.
All of the "Sextet - Flex Charts" are scored for three horns and rhythm: often trumpet-alto-bone-guitar-bass-drums, as they were arranged for the band Hexagon I played with.
I refer to them as "flex charts" because I also include alternate parts for each the horns, with at least two options for each of three horn 'voices.' For example, the best-selling Free Food? is voiced for Horn 1 (trumpet, clarinet, alto sax, and/or flute), Horn 2 (alto and/or tenor sax), and Horn 3 (trombone and/or bari sax).
The rhythm section parts are partially notated as necessary. Drums are typically provided with a suggested groove, as well as any figures the drummer might need to catch. Piano parts have suggested voicings and comping figures, guitar parts have suggested comping figures, and bass parts have suggested bass lines.
LITTLE BIG BAND / INCLUSIVE COMBO
Do you have four or five or six horn players in your group? Do you have less-common instruments like flute and clarinet in your combo? Do you teach a jazz improvisation class with instrumentation that changes each semester?
Many teachers have found that these charts are really useful for negotiating mixed and unpredictable instrumentations, while still providing substantial, professional quality music.
And by purchasing the downloads (or the printed + the downloads), you'll always have the files and alternate parts on hand, regardless of who's in the band this time around.
FOR STUDENTS & PROS
As mentioned above, I use all of these charts with my own working bands on club dates, concerts, and festival programs. Which means they've passed the test of being musically worthwhile for experienced musicians.
Yet most of the horn and rhythm passages are within technical reach of student musicians. (Perhaps this is a result of my inability to write a tune that I can't hum.) In addition, most of these chord progressions are soloist-friendly. (City in the Window, however, can be a handful.)
GREAT PRICES & AMAZING VALUE
These charts are a whole lotta music for not a whole lotta money. Most titles are priced at $18 (download or printed), which includes a full conductor's score, at least six horn parts, and four rhythm parts.
Other combo publishers price their 2- or 3-horn charts starting at $25 and little big band charts at around $40. They don't generally include partially notated rhythm section parts for less experienced musicians.