As performed by Shorty Rogers, 1954, on “Courts the Count” (RCA Victor)
JSB-001 Score and parts for 5 saxophones (2 altos, 2 tenors, baritone), 4 trumpets, 4 trombones and rhythm section – 45€
Among the influences of the West Coast Jazz musicians, Count Basie certainly was a decisive person. Shorty Rogers, one of the West Coast-sound minds, payed tribute to Basie in 1954 for an album on RCA Victor. After writing for Stan Kenton and Woody Herman, Rogers created is own big band in 1953, featuring some of the leading musicians of the style — Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Jimmy Giuffre, Shelly Manne, Marty Paich, Conte Condoli… His arrangement of the Basie-classic “Topsy” is a very easy-one to play, with a good range for brass and short solos.
This arrangement has been slightly modified by Jazz Scores to fit the traditional big band instrumentation (the original had french horn and tuba parts).