MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 16 PIECE
BIG BAND

 


Mission Impossible

Mission Impossible was set up to provide opportunities for jazz soloists to stretch out with suitable backings; space for drummers to solo and, hopefully, some surprise and excitement in contrast to the mass of available published arrangements which are often overscored, fifty years old with the rhythm section used as plodding time keepers.

 

 

BIG BAND ARRANGEMENTS
BY DAVE CORSBY

As supplied to the following Big Bands:
Alleyns School, Don Barcott, Harry Barratt, Beverly, Blue Tubes, Paul Booth's Harbour Jazz Orchestra, Derek Brown, Chatham House, Doctor Teeth, Full Frontal, Ian Hamilton, Goodwin Sounds, Mission Impossible, St Edmunds School, The Strayhorns, Colin Welsh, etc. and the countless bands who have pirate copies of Plenty Plenty Soul.


(Scored for 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxes, 3 or 4 rhythm plus lead sheet.)

 

 

ARRANGEMENTS

 
ASK ME NOW (Thelonious Monk)
Glorious medium tempo 4/4 tune that adapts well to big band. Jazz solos for piano and trumpet.
BLUE TRAIN (John Coltrane)
An 8 beat version with solos for alto, trombone, tenor and trumpet.
ELEANOR RIGBY (Lennon & McCartney)
Jazz waltz with a couple of 4/4 bars at the beginning of the middle eight to keep everyone awake. Jazz solos for trombone and trumpet. Requires a strong drummer to make the most of the drum solo passages.
GONE (Gil Evans/Miles Davis)
Porgy and Bess track for conventional big band line up with optional drum feature.
HELLO YOUNG LOVERS (Richard Rogers)
A fast 4/4 with a Latin finish - a great opener with solos for alto and trumpet.
I'M NOT IN LOVE (10CC)
The 10CC hit is translated to a swinger.
LA FIESTA (Chick Corea)
Classic Chick Corea composition with a 6/8 Spanish feel and solos for tenor and trumpet.
LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE (Chuck Mangione)
Fast "street" samba with solos for trombone and alto.
MR MAGIC (Grover Washington)
An 8 beat chart with solos for alto and trombone.
MY FUNNY VALENTINE (Richard Rogers)
Ballad with solos for piano and trumpet.
MY GIRL (Temptations)
An 8 beat chart with solos for alto and trombone.
NOTHING PERSONAL (Don Grolnick)
A big band version of the tune written by Don Grolnick for Michael Brecker with solos for tenor and piano.
PICNIC (George Dunning)
A ballad with state of the art harmonies inspired by Andy Laverne.
PLENTY PLENTY SOUL (Quincy Jones)
A Quincy Jones theme that uses Quincy riffs for solo backgrounds. A swinger that some bands play with a funk rhythm. Features trombone, tenor sax and trumpet jazz solos. Powerful build up. Genuine and pirate copies included in many jazz orientated big band libraries
ROUND MIDNIGHT (Thelonious Monk)
Baritone sax plays the first 8 bars; close harmony sax soli; trombones have the middle 8; alto sax jazz chorus and interesting development of the tune.
SCRAPPLE FROM THE APPLE/HONEYSUCKLE ROSE
(Charlie Parker, Fats Waller)

Suggested by an informal Ellington recording where the band busked Scrapple as a solo backing.
SHE'S LEAVING HOME (Lennon & McCartney)
Very fast. Jazz solos for baritone sax, trumpet, piano and drums. Effective opener or closing number for a competent band.
SIR DUKE (Stevie Wonder)
8 beat arrangement with trombone solo.
TAKE FIVE (Paul Desmond)
Paul Desmond's chart buster hit for the Dave Brubeck Quartet is in 5/4 time and features the alto sax.
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE (Elmer Bernstein)
Elmer Bernstein's film music in 12/8 time.
 

ORIGINALS

 
BACK TRACKS (Dave Corsby)
From the Samuel Pepys Jazz Suite. A laid back eight beat chart to provide an interesting programme contrast. Jazz solos for alto sax and trombone.
FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND (Dave Corsby)
Fast 4/4 swinger from a Suite written for Canterbury Council's 'Passing Tales' Chaucer 600th Centenary Celebrations.
FLOODTIDE (Dave Corsby)
Alto sax is the featured soloist in this medium swinger from the Time & Tide Suite.
JACQUES ONE, TWO, THREE (Dave Corsby)
From the Tale of Two Cities Jazz Suite (an Arts Council funded commission). Counterpoint between the section leads to a march chorus and funky solos. Unusual piece to break up the programme.
MEDWAY BLUES (Dave Corsby)
A medium temp 4/4 blues from the Medway Jazz Suite commissioned by Medway Council for performance at the Medway Jazz Festival.
MEDWAY RIVER SONG (Dave Corsby)
A ballad which builds from ppp to fff from the Medway Jazz Suite.
MEDWAY MAMBO (Dave Corsby)
A brisk mambo - part of the Medway Jazz Suite.
RAJANS BANQUET (Dave Corsby)
Sections in 11/4, 4/4 and 3/4 but not difficult. National Youth Jazz Orchestra sight read it at a public rehearsal. Features open drum solo in 3/4.
SUBTERRANEANS (Dave Corsby)
Moody Mingus style arrangement with jazz solos for trombone and trumpet and an out of tempo duet of cadenzas between baritone sax and drums. Some haunting voicings.
THIRTY-NINE STEPS (Dave Corsby)
From the Cinque Ports Jazz Suite (a commission for the 1997 Sandwich Festival). Jazz solos for piano, trombone, bass and alto sax. Challenging with an interesting chord sequence.
TIME & TIDE (Dave Corsby)
Title theme from Suite written for Canterbury Council's 'Passing Tales' Chaucer 600th Centenary Celebrations. Laid back 8 beat theme over a bass counter line.