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« on: Oct 02, 2011, 02:08PM »

As the topic says, I'm looking for some ballads featuring the trombone as the main soloist. The only examples that I know are renditions of Misty and Round Midnight for the trombone. So I was wondering if there were any pieces similar to those that would be fabulous to play.
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« Reply #1 on: Oct 02, 2011, 03:15PM »

Open letter to Jimm Knepper!
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« Reply #2 on: Oct 02, 2011, 03:53PM »

Who's that?   Don't know
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« Reply #3 on: Oct 02, 2011, 05:03PM »

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Especially if you dont know who Jimmy Knepper was  Clever
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« Reply #4 on: Oct 02, 2011, 05:12PM »

I took an arrangement of Laura that originally featured alto sax and recast it for trombone.  Goes pretty high, though.  I think you top out at D 

Look for the 4 trombone version of "Here's that Rainy Day".  The lead gets a lovely line.
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« Reply #5 on: Oct 02, 2011, 05:20PM »

What instrumentation are you looking for?
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« Reply #6 on: Oct 02, 2011, 05:23PM »

As the topic says, I'm looking for some ballads featuring the trombone as the main soloist. The only examples that I know are renditions of Misty and Round Midnight for the trombone. So I was wondering if there were any pieces similar to those that would be fabulous to play.

When I was playing lead in the North Texas 1:00 Band,a chart was written for me called, Partly Cloudy.  It was a very nice chart by Neil Slater recorded on UNT Lab '85.  I would contact them to get a copy.

Best of luck,

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« Reply #7 on: Oct 02, 2011, 06:49PM »

I'm doing "And We Will Love Again" with my college Jazz band this year. Check out David Steinmeyer on YouTube. It's that version.
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« Reply #8 on: Oct 02, 2011, 07:15PM »

@fluor
Oh sorry, the first time I googled it I read the wrong name. So are you saying that i should look into his charts?

@BGuttman
I was looking for sheet music on Laura but couldn't find anything, who's the artist? I can't seem to find anything on Heres that Rainy day, except the Original song. The only thing close is a 43 second sound clip with only a piano intro.

@Thomas Matta
I guess i'm just looking for a Trombone 1 instrumentation? I'm not quite sure I understand.

@RodneyLancaster
Ah, my band director says that you guys have a phenomenal band. Can you tell me how high the range goes and what the hardest part of the song was for you? Also, the sound clip they have available only goes to 1:30 so if there's a video that you can show me much appreciated! Thanks!

@FullPedalTrombonist
 I can not find that song on youtube. :( David Steinmeyer is a major beast though. His smoothness is absolutely appropriate for everything.

Thanks for helping me out guys!
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« Reply #9 on: Oct 02, 2011, 07:20PM »

Chuck Owen's "A Glimmer of Hope" is a nice bone feature.
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« Reply #10 on: Oct 02, 2011, 08:03PM »

Can't find any videos or mp3s on that. Any links? Thanks in advance.

Also, I would like to say that i'm looking for trombone feature ballads for a jazz ensemble.
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« Reply #11 on: Oct 02, 2011, 09:27PM »

two of my favorites are from the Stan Kenton band.
1-Over the Rainbow performed by Bob Burgess and
2- Polkadots and Moonbeams performed by Carl Fontana.
recording of both can be found on You Tube.
charts are available from Sierra Music and are for a big band. they are great take downs.
HOWEVER, the solo trombone will need a great set of chops as well as great sense of style and mastery
of the horn to play these charts properly.
also you need a trumpet section with monster chops.
listen to the recordings and you will understand what i'm saying.

i don't like to toot my own horn (no pun intended), however i have had pretty good success in imitating
Mr. Burgess and Mr. Fontana's work on these tunes. in addition, i'm lucky to play with a jazz band that can cut the chart.

there are many more tunes that i could list but will refrain from doing so on this post.
i suspicion this post will go on for some time as many will list their favorites.
there's a bunch out there.

good luck in your search.



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« Reply #12 on: Oct 02, 2011, 09:52PM »

I can't believe no one has mentioned "A Time for Love"! Bill Watrous recorded it, on iTunes for a buck, probably free on the internet somewhere. And it is AMAZING. Needs a strong first trumpet to nail a couple of really sweet high licks in it, though. I really enjoyed playing it.  :D
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« Reply #13 on: Oct 02, 2011, 09:54PM »

Thanks for the suggestion! If anyone could help with the previous suggestions, that would help too!
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« Reply #14 on: Oct 02, 2011, 11:05PM »

I am not exactly sure what you are after here. Just about any ballad sounds amazing on a trombone, especially if you select the key to suit your range - preferable in the upper register. I could give you some lead sheet with chords from the 300 odd tunes I have. Most of them are 'straight' as written by the composer and it is up to you to embellish them to your liking. I guess you could say it is my own RealBook of tunes I like to play. Since I have them all in Band-in-a-Box, I can also create backing tracks.

There is also a good selection of big band arrangements featuring the trombone available for purchase from the various publishers. You can't go by old standbyes as played by TD such as "Maree" and "I'm Getting Sentimental". They are almost test pieces for your ballad playing ability.

If you could just clarify whether you need a list of suggestions, some lead sheets, or maybe big band charts?

If lead sheets, send me your email and I will send you a list of what I have. Or you could get yourself a RealBook in bass clef.
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« Reply #15 on: Oct 02, 2011, 11:47PM »

Sorry, I'm looking for some big band charts. I'll take a look at some leadsheets however, they might be useful. I'll PM you my email.
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« Reply #16 on: Oct 03, 2011, 12:09AM »

Just so you know..you will get short shrift from TTF if you continue to look for illegal copies of charts!

but here are some ballad ideas!

Through the eyes of love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZveN4zttds


Samantha

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMD2N4Seug8

arranged and available from Sammy nestico's site.....but Sammy has said that he never arranged it for trombone and this is the Alto sax arrangement Bill Watrous is playing!


The way we where...Jiggs!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCMw48dRSEo&feature=related



just to give you a few ideas!
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« Reply #17 on: Oct 03, 2011, 03:18AM »

Isay that you should check out the ballad called "Open letter to Jimmy Knepper" written by the late Erling Kroner. But yes if you haven't heard of Jimmy Knepper you have to check out him too...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bc5gctmxoao
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« Reply #18 on: Oct 03, 2011, 03:28AM »

Sorry, I'm looking for some big band charts. I'll take a look at some leadsheets however, they might be useful. I'll PM you my email.

'I'm Getting Sentimental Over You' or 'Song Of India' as played by Tommy Dorsey can't go wrong.

I recently played a great bass trombone feature ballad of 'Wave' arranged by Joe LaBarbara, not as the soloist. Includes a great trombone section soli.

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« Reply #19 on: Oct 03, 2011, 06:26AM »

Wow absolutely amazing on David's part. Thanks so much! Do you think there is a big bang arrangement for this?
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