I'm releasing three more charts today: "Don't Stop the Music," "Sent For You Yesterday" and "Your Home." These are the last three that are ready for prime-time from last year's commissions. I've got a couple more that are awaiting some recording fixes on the demos, and they'll come out some time in the next couple weeks. Also, there will be at LEAST three new SAB Starter Series charts coming out within the next month, and following those, this summer, should be a series of SSAA women's group charts. But for now, the 12 charts that I've released gradually this month are good enough for my annual new charts email promotion, which I plan to put out today (minus the video).
I love many of the existing charts on "Eleanor Rigby", and some of them are particularly appropriate for the average jazz choir, based on level of difficulty, in particular. I really dig Paris Rutherford's chart on it for Hal Leonard, and I think that most groups wanting to do this tune would do well to check out his version. For Level 5, DownBeat Award-worthy, super-hip ensembles, I present my own arrangement, which pulls no punches and provides a heck of an opportunity for a group to make some heavy and impressive music. It's singable, don't get me wrong, and it has Part Tracks available, but it's fairly epic, and requires that your part singers are very good at singing independantly on some challenging stuff. Please, to enjoy...today's new chart release, "Eleanor Rigby," from The Beatles:
Adding a new chart today: "A Case of You", by Joni Mitchell, as arranged by Vince Mendoza for the amazing album "Both Sides Now", set for vocal jazz with a big alto vocalist feature. Trivia...there isn't a single accidental in this this chart...it's totally based on one scale, and the effect (again, Mendoza's ideas, not mine) is wonderful.
Today's addition is really a bullseye for my own personal taste in vocal jazz, if it's up to me to pick something n the iPod...dark and intense, "New World" incorporates both the start and finish of the heavy Lars van Trier film "Dancer in the Dark," which stars Bjork as a poor migrant worker who is losing her sight for whom some things go badly wrong and her stubbornness as a mother compels her not to advocate for herself, resulting in a shocking and unfortunate ending. The soundtrack to that ending is this piece...