Oy Christina Big Band Scores, Part 2
From 2002 to 2006, I led a 15-piece jazz orchestra. I wrote charts for the top 40 pop hits of the day, which ranged from swing to funk to outright satire. You can listen to the full studio album here. I shared the charts for those songs in an earlier blog post.
I also created an album of “bootlegs” — live versions of songs that didn’t make the cut for the studio album. You can listen to that album here. The charts for most of those tunes are below.
I created the individual parts in Lime, a very friendly music notation program available from the Cerl Sound Group. (You can download it for a free trial.) I worked from handwritten score sketches; unfortunately I no longer have those to make available. (And if I did, I’m not sure they’d be usable by anyone but me.)
Most of the charts are scored for 15 pieces: 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, 4 saxes (2 altos, tenor, bari), and rhythm (usually 2 guitars, bass, drums). Sometimes I only created a single rhythm section part. Some of the charts were scored multiple times for different size groups; in those cases, the filenames should make that clear.
I can’t speak for the original composers and lyricists of these songs, but you have my permission to use these scores for whatever purposes you want. If you perform any of them, I want to hear about it–and I want to hear a recording!
Click the links to download a .zip file with the full parts for each chart:
- Hot in Herre
- Lose Yourself
- All the Things You Said
- What a Girl Wants
- Die Another Day [no chart for this one — it’s a very unorthodox arrangement and my instructions for musicians seem to be lost]