Publisher: Darmon Meader
Year of Publication: 2020
Voicing: SSATB with trio accompaniment
Pricing & file access: The full set of PDFs (parts & score) is $75, with the option of various practice track mp3 add-ons. All files are accessed as downloadable files. The download links will appear on your receipt.
I wrote this arrangement for my 2018 NYV Vocal Jazz Camp group. I was specifically looking for an uptempo swinger, and also hoping to grab a public domain title that I could publish down the road. Success! Given that this song dates back to the 1920’s, early recordings are pretty dated, and barely hint at the swing possibilities of this song. However, it works great as a smooth, languid melody over the top of an uptempo swing groove.
Though listed as an SSATB chart, it is primarily SATB with a few three-part splits in the Sop/Alto staff. There is also a seven-part final chord, but this could easily be trimmed to five parts for smaller groups. The arrangement starts with an a cappella verse, and then kicks into the swing feel from there. There is a short lyric solo, and plenty of room for either vocal or instrumental improvising. The arrangement builds to a nice “shout chorus” energy after the solo space. Even though this song moves along pretty quickly, the harmonic and rhythmic complexity is not overly daunting. A solid medium to medium-advanced group should be able to dig their teeth into this one with good results.
The basic $75 purchase includes the SSATB vocal octavo, trio parts (piano, bass & drums) and a full score, which will all be contained in one large downloadable PDF. The rhythm section parts are not fully notated, but include some notation, chord changes and all necessary rhythmic notation.
In addition to the arrangement, I have created Part Tracks ($25), “Music Minus One” Tracks ($25), and a “band only” trio track ($10) which could be used as an accompaniment for a “virtual” video, or used in a performance setting when live trio is not available. These various mp3s are available as add-on items.
Note: please select “yes” or “no” for all add-on items to complete your order.
Sop: Gb2 – Ab4
Alto: Gb2 – C4
Tenor: Eb2 – F3
Bass: Eb1 – C3
Listen & Preview Score: CLICK HERE