Christopher Frost

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Big Band

Kick Off Your Shoes is a boogie for 17-piece Big Band.

 

This minor boogie starts with a left hand piano groove after which each section enters playing a different theme. There are written out/improvised solos for trumpet, trombone and alto saxophone. The last section changes key combining themes heard earlier driving the piece home.

Kick Off Your Shoes    £36

Instrumental - Boogie

Hollywood Romance is a straight feel instrumental for 17-piece Big Band.

 

This moderately slow piece conjures up the sound and imagery of Hollywood's golden age.

Hollywood Romance    £36

Instrumental - Ballad

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A Pinch Of Salt    £36

Instrumental - Quickstep

A Pinch Of Salt is a fast straight feel instrumental for 17-piece Big Band.

 

This lively, driving chart makes a nod to The Muppets Theme and features a tenor saxophone solo.

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You Warm The Cockles Of My Heart    £36

Vocal

You Warm The Cockles Of My Heart is a medium-slow sentimental love song for 17-piece big band with vocal. The vocal ranges from G below middle C to the second D above middle C (G3-D5) and was originally arranged for a female vocalist although it would also suit a male baritone/crooner.

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Cat Burglar    £36

Instrumental - Foxtrot

Charleston    £36

Instrumental - Charleston

Cheers, Bill!    £36

Instrumental - Ballad

Cat Burglar is a medium-fast daring, sneaky and brazen sounding swing instrumental for 17-piece Big Band.  It contains no solos other than the opening tip-toeing bass line and piano interjections.

Charleston is an arrangement of the Cecil Mack & Jimmy Johnson 1923 classic for 17-piece Big Band. There are 2 alternative combinations for the reed parts:

 

Clarinet (alto 1); Sax 1 (alto 2); Sax 2 (tenor 1); Sax 3 (tenor 2); Sax 4 (baritone)

Clarinet (tenor 1); Sax 1 (alto 1); Sax 2 (alto 2); Sax 3 (tenor 2); Sax 4 (baritone)

 

The rest of the parts work as normal although the guitar part can be replaced with banjo if there happens to be one to hand!

 

Cheers, Bill! is a medium-slow straight feel instrumental for 17-piece Big Band. It is a trombone feature dedicated to the revered trombonist, composer and arranger and band leader, Bill Geldard.

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Nun With a Gun    £36

Instrumental - Boogie

Nun With A Gun is a fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek, heist-sounding instrumental for 17-piece Big Band that is sure to raise a smile and get the audience to their feet.

 

It features an alto saxophone solo and a key change for the final hurrah.

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The Inner Workings of Tina's Mind    £36

Instrumental - Samba

Moonlight Encounter    £36

Instrumental - Rumba

The Inner Workings of Tina's Mind is a samba for 17-piece big band. It is highly rhythmic and energetic with constant shifting harmonic ideas between instrumental sections.

Moonlight Encounter is a sultry rumba for 17-piece big band featuring a trumpet soloist throughout. The trumpet soloist makes use of the Harmon mute with the other trumpets on cup mutes and trombones on bucket mutes.

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Holiday Escapade    £36

Instrumental - Beguine

Wife Approaching    £36

Instrumental - Tango

Wife Approaching is a tango for 17-piece Big Band. This tongue-in-cheek tango portrays a tempestuous relationship between husband and wife. Warning sirens punctuate the piece with the husband continually worried as his wife approaches. The music shifts from minor to major half way through giving the husband hope before being brutally undercut by an ominous sounding trombone section and lower end. There are 3 main sections with the usual tango tropes that makes the piece fun to play and listen and dance to.

Holiday Escapade is a beguine for 17-piece Big Band. A gentle beguine groove propels a simple, laid-back melody creating a feel good vibe of carefree summer adventures. The melody is repeated across all sections of the band underpinned by reharmonisation and counterpoint.