I recently completed a 4 horn chart on the standard East of the Sun, and I think it came out pretty good. After doing about 50-60 charts like this for my private combo club, I feel like I’ve got a good handle on how to treat 4 horns to make them sound full, and to make the parts interesting for the players as well.
One thing that I do alot more of now is write out piano parts and bass parts. I think this is a good thing, not only because it helps younger players learn, but also it helps to control what these players are playing to help line up better with what is going on in the horn parts.
I thought this lesson would cover the whole chart, but I only got through the “head” in the first 20 minutes. The stuff I cover though applies to much of the rest of the chart, and I think you’ll get a good idea of some of the techniques I used within the first 45 measures or so.
Download the score below (concert pitch) to study offline. I play the chart through Finale in the video. Let me know if you have any specific questions on this.
If you have a combo and would like access to ALOT of combo charts for 3 and 4 horns, email me here and I can give you more details on my private club.
NOTE: To view in full screen mode, click on the lower right hand corner of the video.
Download PDF score here