An example of the wide range of styles you may find in the charts on this website, the two charts I've added today are pretty far apart. First, representing the pop world, it's probably the most up-to-date chart I've ever had available, since this one was written (along with Julia, who had the idea for the chart) as the tune was actually starting to ascend the pop charts. It's Katy Perry's "Wide Awake", featured in her movie "Part of Me":
And now for something completely different...an aggressive level 5 burning swinger on "Almost Like Being in Love" from Brigadoon. This was written for Mt. San Antonio College's Singcopation, and they were amazing with it this past year. The demo is all me (Kerry), just like in the old days! The drums, however, are notably good because they're from Matthew Chalmers again.
I've got a demo tour video for the 20 charts I've added for Fall 2012 currently uploading to YouTube, and it will be posted here as soon as it's up. A second email blast will be going out at that point, as well, as I know folks are looking for charts at this time of year. I know I am!
For those who would like to see and/or print out the current full list of charts offered at this website, I've created a pdf table that will be updated as new charts are added and can be found to the left as "Full Chart Info List."
Before I the implimented the Chart Store, allowing you to order, purchase and recieve charts immediately without having to wait for a reply email from me, this site's interface had a browsing interface that allowed you to see all charts on one scrollable page. Shopify, the engine that runs the Chart Store, doesn't allow that sort of page layout, and I've heard from a few directors that they missed that overview and search functions of my old site. The new table will allow you to quickly skim the titles alphabetically, and you can check the voicing, level, style and more.
Let me know what you think! I'm always trying to improve this site and make it more user-friendly, and I know that sometimes a drastic change will take some folks out of their comfort zone. I'm happy with the efficiency of the new Chart Store system, though, and I've heard lots of positive feedback for it over the past year.
Thanks for reading, and happy chart hunting!
Today's new chart for the catalog was written for the Monterey Jazz Festival Summer Camp. "Lua Soberana" is a Brazilian street dance tune composed by Ivan Lins, arranged in the style of Sergio Mendes' recording. A phonetic guide for the Portuguese lyric is written along with the lyrics to help the singers with the pronunciation. The chart features a latin percussion section (notated), works very well with synthesizer and guitar (although performance with piano, bass and drums works just fine), and gives your group a chance to sing with a strong and bright sound, ringing some bright and exciting chords. A great chord progression is the highlight of this tune, and an optional soprano saxophone solo can add a nice texture. Two versions of the Rhythm Track...with and without the sax solo.
For the new chart I've added to the catalog today, "Line For Lyons", you may notice a serious upgrade in the quality of the drums...that's due to my friend (and often-times Vertical Voices quartet drummer) Matthew Chalmers having tracked the drums from his home in Canada. Love how this internet thing works.
Anyway, "Line For Lyons" is one of two new charts I've written for the Monterey Jazz Festival Summer Camp this year, and it's part of the Starter Series, which includes such other MJF camp hits as "I'm Hip," and "We've Got a World That Swings". This year's swinger for camp is the Gerry Mulligan tune with an added lyric by Mary Ann Moore, and it's entirely 3-part SAB, making the learning process even easier than when the level 2 charts sometimes split the gals into three. Part Tracks and a pretty grooving Rhythm Track (thanks to Mr. Chalmers) is ready to go.
It was the first song to win a Marsh Madness tournament (congrats again to Sally Greenaway for her winning submission!), and that happened on October 13th of last year. The chart took me a while to write, and then, rather than record it in our home studio, I decided to have the Sac State Jazz Singers learn it as a big feature on their Spring set and then record it, which they have done. I got a mix finished and here it is....
The chart is based on Kurt Elling's version of the standard (arranged by Laurence Hobgood, his pianist and collaborator, as well), with the inserted "Moth" poem by Rabia, an 8th century mystic from Basra, Iraq.