. 6-7 minutes
. solos: Bari, Piano, Trumpet
. Tpt 1: written high D (opt. E)
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I'm Free is one of the many great tunes from The Who's rock opera Tommy. With a nod to mambo kings Mario Bauzá and Tito Puente, Rick Hirsch has reimagined this classic rock anthem as a high energy mambo.
I'm Free is a great workout for your rhythm section, with authentic mambo grooves cued in all parts. It's a fantastic set-closer that your audiences will go nuts over.
Dig the excellent recording (above) by the DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra. It's from their CD Off the Charts. Astute listeners may notice that their recording features Alto & Trumpet on the head (and solos), while the original scoring (for sale here) features a four-horn front-line of Alto, Trumpet, Bari, and Trombone.