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)
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.
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.
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”.
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)