Performance suggestions to Director or Leader:
The following performance suggestions are to help in developing this arrangement into a rewarding piece of music. You will find a great deal of flexibility in this combo chart, and feel free to organize and present this music in any way you like.
The tempo of this composition is Medium up, and is Latin Jazz with a Brazilian feel. The changes are challenging two five combinations and the line is difficult. The tune really takes off when you execute the line with the harmony and bass line. The introduction has two parts and is rather modern in sound. The letter A material takes off right away, and begins to develop a story of great interest melodically speaking. You will be aware of the twists and turns that the head takes on — just stay with it and it will be very rewarding. The harmony in the head is intricate and should be performed with skill. Make certain you honor the hold at the end of the E section.
The tune has a long solo section and you may choose two soloists. I suggest the A and B section be played by the first soloist, and the C and D section for the second soloist. The alternation of soloists is not common in the normal Latin Jazz format, but it works well in a contrasting way. The soloists can work off each other to create an interesting and entertaining result. The D.S. al coda follows the solo section, and the coda should be played with conviction. This tune is particularly challenging but will certainly reward the effort. I hope you enjoy this music. Thank you.