Sy Oliver

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  • Easy Does It

    Another classic but underplayed chart from the Tommy Dorsey book.  This chart is a medium tempo bouncy swing chart with a 2-beat feel that dancers might describe as a Shag tempo. As the title suggests, it glides effortlessly along if taken at the right tempo. The chart features your lead Trombone & Tenor 1. We have cross-cued the Trombone lead onto the 3rd Trumpet part, should the range prove too high for your player, & we have transcribed fully the original Tenor solo, though he can improvise from the chords if desired. Both Altos double Clarinets. Learn More
  • Loose Lid Special

    In many ways this Sy Oliver chart written for the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra was ahead of its time, with its floating tonality & dissonant voicings. It has an almost etheral feel to it, with huge contrasts in dynamics throughout the chart. We have written out the original solos (Trombone - Dorsey & Trumpet - Elman), & have notated the drum part in full, with all the little licks & fills needed to recreate the original. The Trombone solo is also cross cued onto the 3rd Trumpet part, should your player not be able to reach a high C. There are no sax doubles & the chart has been re-scored to take it to 8 brass. Learn More
  • Opus One

    A classic from the pen of Sy Oliver, this is the vocal version that Anita 0'Day recorded with Gene Krupa, & is a mix of powerhouse swing that you would expect from Krupa's band, & a laid back, slightly humerous vocal chorus from 0'Day. It features a blasting Trumpet solo near the end, & a wonderfully conceived modulation into the vocal chorus. We have written out the Trumpet solo, & the little Piano fill-in solo in the intro too. The Trumpet solo screams up to a high E, & 1st & 2nd Trombones have to pick a top D out of the air at one point.  There are no sax doubles. Learn More
  • The Minor Goes Muggin'

    Whilst the Dorsey Orchestra is most often remembered for TD's lush trombone sound, the band also produced some extraordinarily powerful swing numbers, & not many were better than this one. Written by the great Sy Oliver, this quick minor swing chart is raw, raunchy, powerful & full of surprises. It features your lead Trombone, 2nd Alto, 2nd Trumpet, 1st Tenor & Piano and we have written out all of the original solos for you. The only sax double is 2nd Alto on Clarinet for the last 2 bars of the chart. Learn More
  • Well Get It

    Sy Oliver wrote a number of memorable charts for the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. However, Well Get It is one of his finest, & yet not best known. A thumping swing chart that features first & second trumpet in a great duet near the end, & also including the original (written out) solos for trombones, clarinet & tenor. If you play to a jive or jitterbug crown they will love this. Be warned though - it is a tough blow for the trumpets. The lead range is to high G & the second to high D. Second alto takes the clarinet double. Learn More
  • Yes Indeed

    A fine Sy Oliver composition for the Tommy Dorsey orchestra. Yes Indeed is a 'swing spiritual' which Sy Oliver originally sang with the band. Dorsey recorded the chart a few times in a couple of Keys, F (earlier) & G (later). This is the G version. Although it is a boy/girl vocal chart we have scored it to keep it flexible. It can be sung by a single vocalist, or can be played as an instrumental, as we have written it with Trumpet 2 and/or Trombone 1 taking solos instead of the vocal lines. There are no sax doubles. Learn More

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