This driving swing melody in a 3/4 time evokes the heady 1960’s nightlife in Soho, London. An era of gambling, gangsters and smokey jazz clubs. The tune relies on a smooth melodic line, with a supportive backing from the rest of the ensemble. The bari sax lays down the walking bass, while the tenor and alto’s II-IV keep relentlessly driving the swing pulse of the tune, but always supportive of the 1st Alto’s, who are dealing out the melody like an expert croupier. An improv section affords the band the chance to cut loose and reach for their inner minor pentatonic/blues groove. For those less comfortable with improvising there are two different written out solos.
‘Saxophones Only’ rehearsal score in addition to Conductor score
Optional downloadable Soprano and Bass sax part
Instrumentation AAAATB +rhythm section (a rhythm section audio download is also available).
‘Wrap Around Straight’ is written for mixed ensemble, approximately grade 3 – 5/6 but of course the improve section can include players of any level.