Ron Carter Big Band tunes arranged by Bob Freedman

Ron Carter Big Band tunes arranged by Bob Freedman

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Don't get these if you're not ready to swing and swing hard! 

These 13 Big Band Jazz Standards by Ron Carter, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Wayne Shorter are the ideal curation of big band classics old and newer.

Every college big band should have these scores in their libraries.

Includes conductor's score (11x17) and parts (81/2x11) for 17 instruments.

2 Alto Sax
2Tenor Sax
1Baritone Sax
4Trumpets
1 Bass Trombone
1Guitar
1Piano
1Acoustic Bass
1Drum Set

"This big band catalog is my testament to my late friend Bob’s all around arranging capacity.  He writes the arrangements knowing that the bass parts  I will add are the candle on his cake.  Enjoy the fun!" -- Ron Carter

Bob Freedman’s arrangements for Ron Carter’s Great Big Band are clever and unique takes on classic tunes. They are challenging yet always very musical and they all provide excellent opportunities for the rhythm section to take the solo sections anywhere they want to go. Bob’s brass writing in particular is very noteworthy. It is always a blast playing these tunes as they perfectly allow Mr. Carter the freedom to do his thing which makes for a memorable experience every time.” -- David DeJesus, Director of the Birdland Big Band

About the Composer


RON CARTER is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. He has recorded over 2200 albums, and has a Guinness world record to prove it!


In Jazz: Over his 60 year career, he has recorded with so many of the jazz greats greats: Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, Bobby Timmons, Eric Dolphy, Cannonball Adderley and Jaki Byard to name a few. From 1963 to 1968, he was a member of the acclaimed Miles Davis Quintet.


In other music genres: After leaving the quintet he embarked on a prolific 50-year free lance career that spanned vastly different music genres and continues to this day. He recorded with Aretha Franklin, appeared on the seminal hip-hop album Low End Theory with a Tribe Called Quest, wrote and recorded pieces for string quartets and Bach chorales for 2-8 basses and accompanied Danny Simmons on a spoken word album and played on Carlos Santana's In Search of Mona Lisa, to name a few.


As a leader: Carter spends at least half the year on worldwide tours with his various groups. The Ron Carter Trio, The Ron Carter quartet, the Ron Carter Nonet and Ron Carter’s Great Big Band. He has recorded multiple albums with his groups.
As an author: Carter shares his expertise in the series of books he authored, where he explains his creative process and teaches bassists of all levels to improve their skills and develop their own unique sound. He also penned his autobiography “Finding the Right Notes” which is available in print and also as an audiobook read by the Maestro himself.


As a teacher: Carter has lectured, conducted, and performed at clinics and master classes, instructing jazz ensembles and teaching the business of music at numerous universities. He was Artistic Director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Studies while it was located in Boston and, after 18 years on the faculty of the Music Department of The City College of New York, he is now Distinguished Professor Emeritus.


In film scoring: In addition to scoring and arranging music for many films, including some projects for Public Broadcasting System, Carter composed music for A Gathering of Old Men, starring Lou Gosset Jr., The Passion of Beatrice directed by Bertrand Tavernier, and Blind Faith starring Courtney B. Vance.


Film appearances: Most jazz documentaries feature the Maestro because of his indelible contribution to the genre. Ken Burns “Jazz”, “Birth of the Cool” about Miles Davis, "It Must be Schwing", the story of the Blue Note and many more. He also appeared as himself in HBO’s hit series “Treme” and was the bassist on soundtracks of Twin Peaks, Bird, and way too many others to mention.


Education: Carter earned a bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School in Rochester and a master's degree in double bass from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He has also received five honorary doctorates, from the New England Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music, University of Rochester, Juilliard and Berklee, and was the 2002 recipient of the prestigious Hutchinson Award from the Eastman School at the University of Rochester.


Awards: He was named "Outstanding Bassist of the Decade" by the Detroit News, Jazz Bassist of the Year by Downbeat magazine, and Most Valuable Player by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In 1993, Carter earned a Grammy award for Best Jazz Instrumental Group, the Miles Davis Tribute Band and another Grammy in 1998 for "Call Sheet Blues", an instrumental composition from the film, Round Midnight. Recently he was honored by the French Minister of Culture with France's premier cultural award, the medallion and title of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, given to those who have distinguished themselves in the domain of artistic or literary creation and for their contribution to the spread of arts and letters in France and the world.

About the Arranger

"Bob Freeman as been the arranger for many of my projects from an octet arrangement to vocal arrangements to quartet arrangement...and now, finally big band arrangements. I, along with the music, am lost without him!"

---Ron Carter

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