An absolutely huge, burning swing arrangement of the Cole Porter standard that doesn't normally get this sort of treatment, as it's most often thought of as a ballad. If you have an advanced-level vocal jazz ensemble, you'll have ample opportunity to challenge your singers and let them show off, using this chart as a powerful opener or closer for your set. The ensemble takes the bulk of the lyrics in the head-in, with a soloist of any voice part taking over for the bridge before handing the reigns back to the group. A wordless soli/shout section is carefully crafted to sound harder than it is, and it leads into some improv solo space with backgrounds. After the solos, a contrasting, soft, Freddie Green-style rhythm section shift gives the ensemble backing for the beginning of the head out, then a huge crescendo takes the group back to an exciting finish (with some repeated material to ease the learning process a bit). Drums solo over a repeated vocal figure that then leads to blasting last chords and...you know what...you should probably just check out the demo, you know? Anyway, this one is a barn-burner for sure.
Two piano part versions (one fully-notated, one for experienced jazz pianists using chord changes and slashes/rhythmic hits), fully-notated bass part, drums
Commissioned by The Edgemont Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Kelley Morse, dir. (2021))
Video: Mel Torme Version