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.
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)
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!
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”.
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.