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 indicates Medium, and this up to your own interpretation. The composition is Latin Jazz and rather Salsa in style. The introduction includes four eight-bar phrases that are designed to create the groove and also give interest to the head that begins at letter A. Each of these introductory phrases should be musically produced with shape with regard to musical content and, of course, keep the dynamics in mind.
The head of this tune is 64 measures in length, a kind of double 32-bar form, followed by a brief eight-bar phrase borrowed from the introduction to begin the first soloist. Each section of the head should be performed with the musical design that you will hear as you perform the composition. You will also hear how the A,B,C,D, sections fit together. If you give musical attention to the design of each phrase, the performance will be greatly enhanced.
You may decide how you want to present the soloists in the improvisation over the solo section which is the A,B form of the tune. The changes for soloing are indicated over the head and are used for the solos. If you wanted to have more than one soloist, you might consider playing the C section and D section of the composition for contrast between the solos, or you could play the E section as a brief interlude between solos. The flexibility is really up to you. You may also want to include a percussion break in the arrangement.
After the solos, you then return to the Sign and take the Coda out. I would suggest two soloists maybe twice through the changes, but this type of organization is, of course, up to you. This composition is sort of a romantic Latin Jazz tune and would make a great change of pace in your set. It is fun to play and I hope you enjoy this music. Thank you.