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!
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.
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!
A superb alto sax feature, this is a classic 12/8 bluesy treatment of the great standard. Everything is written out for the alto player, with optional chord changes. Lead trumpet range is to written A above the staff. Give a listen to this soulful chart and decide for yourself.
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)