Billy May

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  • Hors D'Oeuvre

    Originally written in 1915 for solo Piano, Hors D'Oeuvre became a huge hit for both Sid Phillips and Bert Ambrose. The chart was also revived by Billy May in his Time Life Swing Era recordings. This chart recaptures the mood of the British dance band era back in the 20's and 30's. You will need a Pianist with a good right hand. A bit of stride skill with the left would be useful too. The chart also features solos (all written out) for Alto 2, Trumpet 2, Clarinet (Alto 1) and Trombone 1. In the reeds, both Altos and Tenors are required to double Clarinet. If you are ever called to play a roaring 20's style number and are bored with the Charleston, this chart will have the dance floor filled with dancers in no time. Learn More
  • Lean Baby

    The arrangement is transcribed "as played" by the BM orchestra, & we have written out the Tenor & Piano solos in full, though your players can improvise from the chords if they prefer. We  have also written the correct articualtions in the saxes to help your players achieve the BM 'scooped' sound in the right places. There are no sax doubles. Learn More
  • Mayhem

    A punchy 4 measure lick opens the arrangement, & is re-stated during the chart too, helping to cement the structure of the piece. There are some May trademark sax lines (complete with little scoops), dynamic contrast between sections & passages, & a full chorus improvised Tenor solo in the middle. There are no sax doubles.  Duration 2'40". Learn More
  • You're Driving Me Crazy

    Here is the quirky Billy May version from 1950, full of humourous musical invention. The arrangement seems to be  moving at a nice steady 2-in-the-bar pace, when all of a sudden something completely different crops up, blasts away for a bar or two, and then normality is restored. If you want an arrangement for a special occasion this is it. There are no sax doubles. Learn More

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