Benny Carter

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  • A Kiss From You

    This enchanting melody originated in a score Carter wrote for television's 'Chrysler Theater' in 1963. It was known as 'Lydia' until Johnny Mercer added a lyric. At a 1973 concert at Princeton University Carter offered the big band version which was recorded in 1986 by the American Jazz Orchestra. Learn More
  • Blue Star

    These compositions and arrangements were originally recorded for Impulse on the albums Further Definitions (1961), and Additions to Further Definitions (1966), and for the Musical Heritage Society on Over the Rainbow (1989). These arrangements are not very difficult to play and they provide a lot of solo space for your players. This arrangement of Blue Star is a lovely ballad featuring a solo section for alto 1. Unlike the other arrangements in this series, this one features 2 altos and 2 tenors with rhythm section. There is no baritone saxophone in this arrangement. Learn More

    This brilliant bebop arrangement was written by Benny in 1948 for a broadcast on Armed Forces Radio. The big band featured tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon. This arrangement is much in the syle of the charts that were recorded by the bebop big bands of Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Eckstine. Sometime after it was recorded Benny changed the title to Harlequin Bounce. It was then recorded in part for a video short, put together with Carter's arrangement of Congero. The reeds are featured playing the melody with the brass providing punching accents. This chart showcases some intricate unison lines in both reeds and brass. These sections will take a considerable amount of work to get it right. If your band can put it together this would make a great festival or concert piece. Solos are for piano, trombone, tenor saxophone, and the solo alto. Learn More
  • Doozy

    Here is Benny Carter's fabulous sax ensemble arrangement first recorded on the 1961 Further Definitions album and then re-recorded in 1966 on the 'Additions to Further Definitions' album. Learn More
  • Easy Money

    Benny Carter originally composed and arranged this famous melody for the Count Basie band, who recorded it in 1961 (published by Sierra Music). In 1982 Benny revised his earlier arrangement to be used for concerts and master classes he was giving. In 1987 this arrangement was recorded by the American Jazz Orchestra. The melody remains largely the same as the 1961 chart; however, he added additional ensemble choruses and gave the brass a larger role throughout. Benny considered this arrangement to be the definitive version of this song. Learn More
  • Evening Star

    Benny Carter originally wrote this melody in 1960 for inclusion on his Further Definitions album (it was originally titled Blue Star). In 1992 he took the tune and created this big band arrangement as an alto sax feature. This is a fairly straight-forward arrangement that would be perfect for a less-experienced band to feature a guest soloist. There are no saxophone doubles. Learn More
  • I'm Coming Virginia

    Here is Benny Carter's great sax ensemble arrangement as recorded in 1938 with Django Reinhardt on guitar. This arrangement features 2 altos, 2 tenors, guitar, piano, bass, and drums. An open solo section is included so that you may feature any number of soloists. This is a difficult but absolutely superb arrangement. Learn More
  • Jump Call

    This thrilling Benny Carter arrangement was written and recorded in 1946. 'Jump Call' is Carter's take on 'Bugle Call Rag,' but being Benny Carter, this isn't just another straightforward rendition of the standard. It has great fills, some reharmonization and plenty of room for solos. In fact, it can be opened up and played for several minutes to feature as many solos as you wish. This moves along at 300 b.p.m and features an alto saxophone soloist with the ensemble. There are also solos for trumpet, tenor saxophone, and piano. The piano solo was originally given to the bass player, but this section was cut for the recording. Since this is a smoking arrangement that just takes off, demanding precision for a great performance, this is perfect contest material, and both a great opener and closer for concerts. This is a must-have chart! Learn More
  • Lonesome Nights

    Here is the 1933 Benny Carter classic slightly re-composed for the American Jazz Orchestra in 1986. This has the famous 1933 saxophone soli, taken directly from the parts that remained in Benny's library. As Benny continued to perform and teach over the years, he adapted his arrangements to fit a full big band of 8 brass. However, he never modified this arrangement. So, this publication remains true to the instrumentation of his early recording (5 reeds, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, guitar, piano, bass, and drums). There are 8-bar solos for trumpet and piano and an open solo for alto saxophone that may be opened up to feature any number of soloists. Other than the saxophone soli, this arrangement is easy to play. If you're looking for a great concert or festival piece to feature your saxophone section, here it is! Learn More
  • Melancholy Lullaby

    Written in 1939 by Benny Carter and became his theme song. In the 1970s Benny revised his 1939 arrangement so that it featured a solo alto saxophonist along with a full big band. This is a very beautiful, late-night, show closer ballad. Brass are on cup mutes throughout. This arrangement was never recorded by Benny. Learn More
  • People Time

    This gorgeous ballad features a flute solo at the beginning, and then a trumpet solo backed by the ensemble. Like most of Carter's music, it was written for professionals but can be played by many middle-school bands. This is a straight-forward flute and trumpet feature ballad that is played slowly. The opening section features a flute solo accompanied by piano. The pianist should pay close attention to the flute and provide adequate, but not intrusive, support. The flute part was written on reed 1. We have included an alternate reed 1 part (on alto saxophone) and may be used in the event that a flautist is not available. If you wish to use this alternate part this arrangement simply becomes an alto saxophone feature (instead of flute). Learn More
  • Prohibido

    Here's Benny's great Bossa Nova arrangement from the 'Additions to Further Definitions' album of 1966. This arrangement is not complicated. An open solo section has been included. Learn More
  • Promenade

    Benny Carter still creating beautiful, swinging music at the age of eighty. Promenade was originally titled Take a Walk (the title on the parts). This is played at a comfortable 'walking' tempo. Please note the ensemble dynamics at letter A, but please do not overly exaggerate the crescendo. This should not be an sf. Ensemble balance is also important in the playing of this section of the suite. Learn More
  • Rock Bottom

    Here is Benny Carter's fabulous sax ensemble arrangement recorded on the 1961 'Further Definitions' album. Learn More
  • Titmouse

    At long last, Benny Carters arrangements for saxophone ensembles are now available, authorized by Hilma Carter and the Benny Carter Estate. These compositions and arrangements were originally recorded for Impulse on the albums 'Further Definitions' (1961), and 'Additions to Further Definitions' (1966), and for the Musical Heritage Society on 'Over the Rainbow' (1989). These arrangements are not very difficult to play and they provide a lot of solo space for your players. Learn More

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