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by k.o. kid
(14 posts)
10 years ago

Best soli?

The sax soli line on Buddy Rich's "Groovin' Hard" has to be one of the best sax soli arrangements out there. Don Menza (of Channel One credenza fame) wrote and arranged it. Any other favorite sax songs out there?

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  1. by YanagisawA-901
    (312 posts)

    10 years ago

    Re: Best soli?

    yardbird suit..makes me happy..lol

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    1. by Spike
      (248 posts)

      10 years ago

      Re: Best soli?

      woody herman's arangement of lazy bird. yeah

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      1. by karebear1012
        (395 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: Best soli?

        oh yeah, yardbird suite!! in jazz band we were working on a song called groove merchant. pretty easy song, but itz so much fun to play (has a great sax soli too)!

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    2. by YanagisawA-901
      (312 posts)

      10 years ago

      Re: Best soli?

      hahaha!! no way dude..we have groove merchant too..were not playin it tho..thats really below us..haha im not braggin but were a good band..we just need some common sense.. theres another song were playing called.. rythm of the night..thats a nice song..pretty complex sax soli in that.. also were playing an interpretation of all the things you are..its like a latin samba or somthin..nicee..

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      1. by karebear1012
        (395 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: Best soli?

        you don't like groove merchant? yeah, itz a really easy song. we sight read that on our first day of jazz band. that's it. rhythm of the night....i think we did that one too....

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        1. by barimachine
          (323 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Best soli?

          we did bebop with just the saxes it was hot especially the arragement for the rest of the band

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      2. by peter090
        (155 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: Best soli?

        Funny, Grove Merchant is "below you" but was good enough for the Thad Jones Mel Lewis big band... The original has one of Thads BEST (though hardly hardest) sax solis. Groovin' Hard (by Don Menza though made famous by Buddy Richs band) is memorably swinging sax soli and sort of a standard of big band literature. If you really want to do it right figure out the articulation and get the whold section to articulate the double time runs together.

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        1. by mintyfreshjam
          (48 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Best soli?

          You guys should check out Escape Velocity, I Got What?, and Cherry Juice. Easily some of the greatest solis I've ever heard.

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