Still I Rise***


This is an original composition dedicated to the African American poet, singer memoirist and civil rights activist Maya Angelou. This original arrangement was recorded by Derrick Gardner & The BIG dig! BAND as the title track on the 2020 Impact Jazz release “Still I Rise.” The composition is organized as an AABAC form counting 40 measures in length. The opening measures of this medium-up tempo arrangement features a Saxophone Soli in duet with drums and a call & answer concept with the Brass. There are solo sections with background figures for Trumpet and Trombone, leading to a trading section between the Drums and ensemble orchestration. The development section of the arrangement features an Ensemble Soli on the two A sections and a Saxophone Soli on the B section of the form. This chart can be used very effectively as an opener or a closer to any concert program.

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