Zapotaxi

Zapotaxi

GGU #1001
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Composer

Gerhard Guter

Category

Big Band

Level

Advanced

Style

Funk

Ranges

Trumpet: D6, Trombone: Bb4

Duration

6:18

Description

Any advanced ensembles with an interest in the style of the Brecker Brothers or Tower of Power will want to consider programming this engaging funk chart. Composed as a tribute to the “creative” driving skills exhibited by Guter’s fellow band member David Zapotocky, a baritone saxophonist, the chart features a lumbering, bari sax bass line throughout most of the piece, and extensive use of siren-like saxophone effects. The work alternates between swinging sixteenth-note funk (featuring an angular trumpet-tenor sax-guitar melody) and a harmonically-sophisticated straight-sixteenth note section. Solo changes with chord scale suggestions are provided for improvised solos by guitar and/or tenor sax followed by trumpet.

Instrumentation

Standard Big Band (5/5/4/4)

Additional Info

Opt. 5th Trombone and Percussion