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Ancestors | Benny Russell


A cool number in the style of Bill Holman and Bob Florence which builds throughout. Lots of space for dynamics, broad themes and individual solos.

Line-up: Big Band with Horns in F
Duration: 4' 35″
Difficulty: Intermediate
Audio Sample: Ancestors
Sample Score: Score
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Ancestors opens with a nice driving hi-hat, joined by a Latin type bass riff followed with a solo piano theme.
The number gradually builds beginning with muted brass and later with punchy baritone sax figures developing into forceful full band.
Ancestors has lots of space for displaying great dynamics, with broad themes and individual solo lines this piece provides lots of opportunities for some great ensemble playing.
The number ends as if going into the distance and back to where it started. Well orchestrated, very much in the style of Bill Holman and Bob Florence.

Ranges Trumpets (1-4) C#6 A5 G#5 E5
Trombones (1-3) A4 F#4 Eb4

Alto Sax 1 & 2, Tenor Sax 1 & 2, Bari Sax
Trumpets 1 – 4, Trombones 1-3, Tuba (Bass Trombone)
Horn in F 1 & 2
Acoutic Bass
Drum Kit

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