BRASS QUINTET

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A lilting tune with cool chord changes in the accompaniment gives this piece a carefree, sugarless sound. Optional drum part included. RECORDED BY BLECHLABOR BRASS (GERMANY). TO PURCHASE CD "FREQUENZ B" CLICK HERE. (High notes included only on CD)

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LEVEL: Medium/
Advanced

 

Ok honestly, this tune is way too much fun! Originally commissioned by the Hohenlohe Brass Ensemble (Öhringen, Germany), this adaptation for brass quintet with drum set retains all the sparkle and lustre of the original work for ten brass. Three movements (Windsurf, Floating, Jet Ski) capture the excitement and thrills of a day on the water. Ride the waves with the rhythmic energy and crisp harmonies of Windsurf. Written solos with chord changes will have you cookin' in no time. Floating slows it all down with a beautiful, lyric ballad for trombone with lush, watery backgrounds from the rest of the ensemble. Feel the spray in your face and driving momentum as you shoot the rapids in Jet Ski. Cool jazz licks and high chops abound, providing litres of opportunity for everyone to share the water sports in this piece. Life jackets are a must!! TO PURCHASE A RECORDING, VISIT HOHENLOHE BRASS OR CONTACT CHRISTOF SCHMIDT (christof@hohenlohebrass.de).

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Sometimes all you need are a couple of notes to get your juices going. A four note motif sets the stage for this humdinger. Affix to this motif a few angular, bebopish lines for added seasoning . Things quiet down for just a second while the tuba player gets a chance to say her piece. It isn’t long though, before we are back to all the boisterous activity that’ll make you want to play this one over and over. It’s so infectious, it'll be in your head twenty four…. well, you get the point. Optional drum part included.

Alternating back and forth between 3/4 and 4/4 time, this chart swings no matter what time signature you're in. An exciting shout chorus with a written tuba solo adds to the unique flavour of this Vince Gassi original. There is an optional drum set part provided. This tune is also available for jazz ensemble.

The title says it all. This original Latin jazz composition is based on an interesting blend of the blues and Dorian scales. The middle section changes to a swing feel and features solo sections for second trumpet (playing flugelhorn) and trombone. Both solos are written out and have chord changes provided. Everyone will enjoy this fresh chart. There is an optional drum set part provided.

The title says it all. This original Latin jazz composition is based on an interesting blend of the blues and Dorian scales. The middle section changes to a swing feel and features solo sections for second trumpet (playing flugelhorn) and trombone. Both solos are written out and have chord changes provided. Everyone will enjoy this fresh chart. There is an optional drum set part provided.

Cool is the word in this rhythmically intricate journey through Funkville. Hip grooves and heavy harmonies provide much opportunity to put this one “in pocket”. The detailed drum set part (with written solos and fills) is essential to making this chart work. Only for the brave of heart, this Funk-a-liscious tune is baaaad and that’s goooood!!

Charlie Parker meets the Roadrunner in this new bebop chart for brass quintet. A typical “Bird-like” head is bantered about the ensemble while the tuba provides a walking bass line. There are written solos for the 2nd trumpet and tuba and there is enough bird seed (errrr….ensemble work) to keep everyone busy. Confirmation that Now’s The Time to Scrapple From The Apple and get playin’ this sizzler. Plug this one in and watch it go. Drum part with written fills included. “Meep, meep”.

Set in four movements, this challenging work for brass or woodwind quintet musically explores various geometric concepts. The titles of each movement (Displacement, Parallels, Increments, and Obtusis Angularis) aptly describe the thematic development contained therein. Quartal harmony, tone clusters and intricately written melodies give this suite a delightfully fresh sound.

This tune oozes cool!! An infectious theme repeats, unravels, and winds its way through the piece, picking up a little counterpoint on the way. The tuba player starts the journey with the closed hi hat and dipsy doodles its way through variations and permutations. A written trumpet solo unfolds somewhere amidst the hustle and bustle. A quick key change, a trombone solo, and abra cadabra, we get back to the business at hand. It finally takes the tubato calm us all down with the original motif. All you can say at the end of this one is Du-u-ude"!!

You’ll hit the ground running with this exciting new piece. The energy starts right from the “get-go” with a catchy rhythmic theme which is developed and resequenced later on in a koooool modal section. Following a slow section which features many independent entries, the energy is right back to fever pitch with a return to the opening theme. This tune is totally infectious!! Parts for auxiliary percussion and Marimba are included.

Everyone needs a warm fuzzy when the leaves turn color and the crisp autumn air comes our way. Just imagine curling up by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa and a warm blanket and you're in the perfect mood for the soft edges of October Rain. The rich harmonies and poignant melody of this easy flugelhorn featured ballad will chase all your troubles away.

You'll enjoy playing this interesting tune harmonized in parallel 4ths. This groovin' swing chart puts the pedal to the metal and even includes a contrapuntal ensemble section. Also included is a written solo with chords for second trumpet. Don't miss this sizzler!! There is an optional drum set part provided. (This tune is also available for jazz ensemble)

Here is a hot little latin number to spice things up. Start with one part cool tune, mix in some lush harmonies, toss in a unison ensemble part, written tuba solo and a funky intro and voila, an audience favourite. ALSO AVAILABLE FOR WIND QUINTET, SAX QUARTET, JAZZ ENSEMBLETRUMPET ENSEMBLE

Feel the spray in your face and the wind in your hair while you ride the smooth harmonies and gentle rhythms of this easy going original tune. The relaxing groove established by tuba and optional bongos coupled with the undulating rise and fall of the chord changes provides the perfect background for the lilting melodic curves that get passed around the ensemble. This one's a breeze!