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abc blues (download only)

ABC Blues (Download Only)
$115

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what you get

  • Immediately download scores and parts
  • Instant access to any updates or corrections
  • Interview with pianist/composer Jim McNeely on Bob, Mel Lewis, and this music.
  • Discussion with Ryan Truesdell on the details of preparing and editing this music
  • Bob's general thoughts on composition, rehearsal techniques and soloist suggestions (included in all offers)
  • Interviews with other musicians discussing Bob and his music (included in all offers)
   This project was completed on 7/28/2006    read more

"ABC Blues" is one of Bob's most well-known charts, written for the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra and released on their first Solid State studio album, Presenting Thad Jones/Mel Lewis & The Jazz Orchestra in 1966. This chart finds Bob exploring 12-tone writing, and experimenting with form within a "traditional" blues format. It has solo space for Trumpet, Tenor, Alto, Trombone, and a little Piano, though it is possible to open up the chart to feature other members of the orchestra. After years of being out of print (and before that, published with many mistakes), we are thrilled to finally make this chart available again, re-engraved and edited directly from Bob's original manuscript score, and the original parts provided by the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. This is the first time in over fifty years that this music is available to be studied and performed as Bob originally conceived it. Scores & Parts will be available as downloadable PDF files in your account immediately after purchase. Study Scores will be available as downloadable PDF files in your account immediately after purchase.