The jazz combo has been a popular small jazz group choice for decades.
The traditional jazz combo consists of 3 horn players and rhythm section. The instruments cover a wide range and contain different timbres so that it can exhibit a variety of sounds.
Combos can be found throughout the history of jazz. Perhaps the most famous is John Coltrane’s recording entitled Blue Trane. That group consisted of Coltrane on tenor sax, Lee Morgan on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, along with rhythm section consisting of Kenny Drew (pno), Paul Chambers (bs) and Philly Joe Jones on drums.
The following lesson gives a quick overview of the traditional 3 horn jazz combo, and a few things to consider when arranging for this type of ensemble.