It never ceases to amaze me how many combinations of harmony you can build from just 12 notes in a chromatic scale. I think alot of us (myself included) get caught up complex upper extensions in chords when we want to get a very modern sound for our voicings within our arrangements – whether they be for small group or big band.
This video lesson by Yellow Jacket’s keyboard player Russell Ferrante illustrates how you can take simple triads and by combining them come up with very lush harmonies and sounds.
You guys are going to love this one! Pay special attention at about 3:15 in the video where he talks about making every note count. This would certainly apply to voicings within sections as well. Oftentimes I see arrangers doubling notes in sections for no reason. Never waste any notes!
You will want to view this lesson more than once and practice these at the piano, and then begin applying them to your arranging for horns.
Enjoy! (For best viewing, open this up in full screen mode by clicking on the lower right corner of the player)