A show-stopping tour de force! Dave Brubeck’s fabulous tune from his classic quartet album Time Out. Arranger Kris Berg worked hard on this chart to capture the essence of Brubeck. The meter changes from 9/8 to 12/8 Afro-Cuban groove with the Brubeck rhythm patterns. Solo space for alto 1, trumpet 2 and drums. Lead trumpet goes up to high C. This is an exceptional chart for concert or festival! (5:03)
John Coltrane’s jazz standard is arranged by Kris Berg to offer strong ensemble writing, a fierce sax section soli and solo space on the 12-bar blues chord progression. It’s flexible so you can have few or many soloists of all instruments with backgrounds as needed. Great tune, great chart—it’s as simple as that. (6:57)
Another funky chart from “The Chicken” chronicles! The groove is deep at 136 bpm, solos for tenor and guitar (w written examples). Lead trumpet range is to written A. You might even hear a quote or two from “I Want You To Want Me”!!
This moderate-tempo, upbeat original from Kris Berg features lots of strong section playing, a sax solo break, and some driving brass licks. It’s fun listening and fun to play! Featured in the book “Teaching Performance in Music: Jazz.” Medium Easy (4:48)
Forgotten Thoughts is a cool-jazz style, 16 bar minor blues that channels the best of Oliver Nelson and Stan Kenton. Chart features a rewarding soli for jazz trumpet and saxes and a powerhouse shout chorus. Solo space is for alto 1 and trumpet 5. 5-5-4-4 (opt a 4th trpt). No dbls. Lead trpt – dbl G. Recorded by Kris Berg &The Metroplexity Big Band on “This Time/Last Year” – MAMA Records MAA1042. Also recorded by The Jim Widner Big Band on ” Yesterday’s and Today”.
Games is a ferocious funk/fusion chart with a double time swing bridge. This exciting modern chart features slap bass and solos for alto 1 and guitar. Chart roars to a big ending that will leave folks speechless. 5-4-4-4. No dbls. Lead trpt – F. Optional extra trpt lead part as played by Wayne Bergeron. Recorded by Kris Berg & The Metroplexity Big Band on “This Time/Last Year” – MAMA Records MAA1042.
The latest in the chicken series, Mr. Berg brings back the groove at a tempo of 106 BPM. Includes a written or ad-lib tenor solo, an optional guitar solos and the lead trumpet range is to written B-flat. The chart also has optional parts to include vibraphone and flute. The band will dig the solid funky groove!
I’m Okay, We’re OK! is a burnin’ mainstream up-tempo blues w/ a half-time funk section. This is the perfect fast swing opener or closer for festivals or concerts. Commissioned by the Oklahoma All-State Jazz Band this chart features lots of exciting ensemble writing and solo space for alto 1 and trpt 4. 5-4-4-4. No dbls. Lead trpt – Eb. Recorded by Kris Berg &The Metroplexity Big Band on “This Time/Last Year” – MAMA Records MAA1042.
If you are looking for a contrasting jazz original to play at festival or contest, you should look at this new work by Kris Berg. It has a contemporary sound that will balance out a ‘standard’ program. Kris is in touch with the sound of today’s jazz and always writes charts that are fun, playable and very listenable. This tune will make your band sound great! (duration 5:01)
Pah-Dah-Pah-Dah is a modern high-energy 12/8 Afro-rock tune with an infectious groove that just might have them dancing in the aisles. Recorded by Kris Berg &The Metroplexity Big Band on “This Time/Last Year” featuring Wayne Bergeron, there is also space for tenor sax 1, trombone 1 and drums. Perfect alternate style chart for any occasion. 5-4-4-4. No dbls. Lead trpt and solo trpt – E. Don’t miss out on this one!
You asked for a funky chart—well this is it! Another fabulous adventure by the chicken-master Kris Berg, and this time he plucks another prize-winner with “R U Chicken?” Written solos are included for trumpet and tenor sax, and the lead trumpet range is up to written B-flat. A great closer for any concert or festival performance. What a title. What a chart!
This samba version of the Joe Henderson classic has a ton of energy. Solo space (w written examples) provided for all saxes, trumpets and lead trombone. Includes a great sax soli and a hip-modal development section. Lead trpt to written B. Includes optional vibes and flute parts.
A very hip and contemporary chart arranged and recorded by Kris Berg and the Metroplexity Big Band on “This Time / Last Year”. MAMA Records MAA1042. A mysterioso-sounding intro blossoms into this powerful chart. Solo space for alto, trumpet, tenor, and trombone, and lots of ensemble action for the whole group. Lead trumpet range is to written D above the staff. Perfect festival chart!
The chicken saga continues and it is FUNKY! This big band funk chart grooves at a tempo around 116 BPM. The energetic groove begins after the chorale intro. The saxes state the melody, joined by brass, then solos (written-out or ad lib) for tenor and trumpet 2, building up to a huge shout chorus. Lead trumpet range is to written A above the staff.
Whoa, hold on to your feathers! If you want energy and excitement and a funky groove, then check out Kris Berg’s chart, The Chicken. The legendary electric bassist Jaco Pastorius recorded this powerhouse tune and arranger Kris Berg has adapted it for the Jazz Band Series. If you have a strong electric bass player, then you have found yourself a showstopper with this arrangement. The tenor sax solo (written solo provided), the optional guitar solo, and the solo bass line will showcase your soloists. Your ensemble will totally devour The Chicken. Guaranteed to pluck the audience right out of their seats!