James Rae’s “Jazz Ensemble” series was first published in the 1980s and quickly proved very popular. There were six separate titles in the series written for a flexible mixed ensemble, with parts provided for C, Bb, Eb, Bass, Easy Bass and Drums with a supporting piano part in the score. It was and still is ideal for the practical part of GCSE studies, catering as it does for almost any imaginable combination of instruments at an intermediate stage.
It has now been given a makeover, with three of the original titles being put into each of two separate volumes, creating great value for money. The parts are now provided as free downloads from our website so you can provide for as large an ensemble as you wish at no extra cost.
Inside this volume: “Oh when the Saints”, “Swing low, Sweet Chariot” and “The Camptown Races”.
Volume 1 contains the well-known titles “Down by the Riverside”, “Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho” and “Dry Bones”..
Interessant ist, dass die typischen „Soli“ hier auskomponiert sind, sodass Neulinge einen guten Einstieg für eigene Improvisationen bekommen. (...) Die Arrangements sind wirkungsvoll, aber wahrscheinlich in gemischten Ensembles am Besten zu realisieren. Obwohl: Warum nicht einfach mal probieren: Streichorchester goes Big Band!
ESTA Nachrichten Nr. 80, Oktober 2018 (Agnes Stein von Kamienski)