"Unfinished Business" (Brian Dean)

This big band chart, originally conceived as a quintet piece, was composed in 2008. "Unfinished Business" presents technical challenges for both performer and improviser. This straight-eighth groove tune doesn't rely on typical harmonic materials, rather on a simple three-note
structure throughout. The harmonic material is sustained through the repetition of independent lines throughout each section.

Harmonic suggestions in the solo sections should not be taken literally, as the basis of harmony is abstract and somewhat atonal. This chart features guitar, soprano sax, and trumpet solos.

When You Come Home to Me (Sample Big Band Score)

This trumpet feature was originally written by Jason Robert Brown for the one act musical The Last Five Years (Chicago, 2001), this is a wonderful new "old-style" standard, and is a welcome addition to the jazz repertoire.

The piece should not be performed too slowly, and should remain in a steady two-feel throughout. There is some room for rubato in the opening section, but again, it should not be too slow overall.

For ease of reading, all of my arrangements feature condensed brass and saxophone scores within the full score.

So In Love (Sample Big Band Score)

This arrangement was inspired by a performance of So in Love by jazz pianist Fred Hersh on the album The Fred Hersch Trio: Night and the Music (Palmetto, 2007). While this is not a literal transcription, it bears striking similarities to that of the original.

Colors and textures are important in this piece. The careful use of dynamics is essential throughout. The pianists and tenor saxophonist are featured in this piece as sooists.

For ease of reading, all of my arrangements feature condensed brass and saxophone scores within the full score.

Picadilly Square (Sample Big Band Parts)

This piece, written by New York drummer Carl Allen is a hard driving shuffle tune with strong emphasis on the drummer. Adapted from a live performance on the album Jazz Futures: Live in Concert (Sony BMG, 1993), the sax soli in the middle of the piece is an (loose) transcription of Roy Hargrove's solo on the tune.

For ease of reading, all of my arrangements feature condensed brass and saxophone scores within the full score.

East of the Sun (Sample Big Band Score)

For ease of reading, all of my arrangements feature condensed brass and saxophone scores within the full score.

Daahoud (Sample Big Band Score)

Originally recorded in 1954, Clifford Brown's Daahoud is a wonderful bebop tune that presents technical challenges for both performer and improviser. This salsa-style arrangement combines elements of the original piece with extended harmonies, and material influenced by John Coltrane’s harmonic-cycles.

This piece features two “dueling" trumpets (preferably your stronger improvisers), and it is encouraged that your soloists are competent in the bebop idiom, as the improv sections of this piece present a distinct harmonic challenge to young improvisers.

For ease of reading, all of my arrangements feature condensed brass and saxophone scores within the full score.

Four Point Landing (Sample Big Band Score)

Originally composed in 1997, Seattle area jazz trumpeter/composer Jay Roulston has provided us with a suberb jazz "tone-poem" that has a simple form and chord structure, and is a great improvisational vehicle for young improvisers and professionals alike. The solo sections feature the 2nd Trumpet player and the Guitarist and/or the Pianist.

For ease of reading, all of my arrangements feature condensed brass and saxophone scores within the full score.