I have recently come across a very cool tool that converts documents into “flash” like presentations. The coolest thing is that you can add audio to the documents.
Using this tool, I will be posting a variety of charts here for you to study while listening. The first chart in this “Study and Listen” series is an original of mine called Blues for Mr P. Its a straight ahead chart that has alot of space for soloists to blow on.
This chart actually features the great Conti Condoli playing a terrific trumpet solo.
Points to consider:
1) I used alot of closed voicings on this one, and also doubling tpts and trombones at the octave, then filling in saxes similarly. I wanted to see how this kind of writing would sound at the time, and it works well. I don’t do this always now, especially with the trumpet section, but this one utilizes that technique alot.
2) I broke up and balanced full voiced out chords with alot of manipulation of “weight” between instruments. So you’ll find quick unisons, or perhaps 2 lines voiced quickly between full chordal voicings.
3) Solo sections are “open” for the most part. Keeping these sections open-ended works well on a blues especially, and certainly if you have good soloists. It gives the soloist time to “stretch out”. Backgrounds are “on cue”. Lots of riff-like figures that lend themselves well to this type of style.
I hope you like this method for presenting scores to view and listen to! In the future I will includes scores that are in “concert” pitch. I just don’t have one available for this one yet.
Study and Listen – Blues for Mr P
Click on the graphic below to open the score in full screen mode. Audio and “zoom” controls are located just above the manuscript. Click on the speaker icon to start and stop the audio at anytime. You can also use your mouse to navigate, zoom in, and go from page to page. Press “escape” to exit.
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