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. You will find it wants to take off, which with control is a good thing. The piece is Latin Jazz, and perhaps more Jazz than Latin. This particular tune is a blend of modern Jazz-type major seven plus eleven chords, which at letter A really sets the tone. The rhythm of this tune will be a blend of samba and straight ahead feel on the cymbal pattern. The introduction is very dynamic and powerful. Pay attention to the dynamics indicated. The drum fills are important here. The arrangement involves the use of solo passages during the entire presentation of the head. Letter D represents piano or guitar fills. Letter E is a piano solo and is repeated. At letter F the ensemble comes in, and then letter G is the second solo section. Letter F is like an additional part of the head melody, and is a nice contrast between solos. Everyone has the solo changes, so you may decide to assign solos in these passages in a way that you like. At letter G, a tenor sax solo is nice at this point. Backgrounds are written for each solo section and should be cued. This would be the E section and the G section. Again, flexibility and interpretation are your choice.
The H section is an open percussion solo. If you have congas and drums as the primary percussion unit, you may select trading fours or pretty much whatever you prefer. This type of space in the arrangement creates a great deal of excitement. The D.C. al coda will follow and the chart will be completed. Make sure you play the coda with conviction. It will set up a nice ending with a hold, and fills on the last chord. This chart is very hip and is fun to play. I hope you enjoy this music. Thank you.