Cecil Bridgewater - Trumpeter, Educator, Composer, Arranger, Producer

Snooky Young & Cecil in A&R studio on 7th Ave. at 53rd St.
with Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra about 1972

Ceora by Lee Morgan

Arranged by Cecil Bridgewater

5 Saxes, 4 Trombones, 4 Trumpets, Piano, Bass and Drums. A beautiful bossa nova that was recorded by Lee Morgan's Sextet for Blue Note Records on "Corn Bread" in the mid 60's. Commissioned by Jazzmobile as part of a celebration to Lee Morgan shortly after his death. Performed by the Jazzmobile All-star Band and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra.

Grade: 4-5 Price: $100

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Criss Cross by Cecil Bridgewater

An original composition (not to be confused with Thelonious Monk's composition of the same name.) Features for trumpet and tenor  with 5 reeds, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, bass and drums. A medium tempo piece with an unusual melodic and harmonic structure.

Grade: 5-6 Price: $100

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Demon Upstairs by Ron Bridgewater

Arranged by Cecil Bridgewater. For trumpet and tenor features with 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, bass and drums. A fast paced piece that moves between latin and swing feel throughout.

Grade: 6 Price: $100

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Gemini's Lullabye by Cecil Bridgewater

5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, bass and drums.

A jazz waltz that makes use of the brass chorale idea at the beginning and uses the trombones to state the melody,  first performed by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra.

Grade: 4-5 Price: $100

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Little Sherri by Charlie Rouse

Arranged by Cecil Bridgewater

For soloist and 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, bass and drums. A medium tempo blues with a few twists.  Feature for tenor, trumpet, trombone and just about anyone else you want to feature. The saxes have several choruses of ensemble with brass urgings before returning to the final theme.

Grade: 5-6 Price: $100

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Love And Harmony by Cecil Bridgewater

Flugelhorn, 5 saxophones doubling flutes and clarinets, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, bass and drums. This composition is like three pieces in one. The introduction makes use of flutes, muted brass in a slow introspective mood.  The interlude introduces a medium tempo bossa nova section leading to the melody.  The saxophone ensemble is in double time which leads to the solo section for tenor and trumpet. The piece returns to the slow introspective character of the opening before ending.  Recorded by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra on the CD " New Life ," A&M Records.

Grade: 6 Price: $100

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Louisiana Strut by Cecil Bridgewater

5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, bass and drums.

The arrangement utilizes alto and tenor sax solos, but other soloists can be added.  The composition is a result of Cecil's first trip to New Orleans several years ago and trying to capture the feel of the city and culture.

Grade: 4-5 Price: $100

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Magic by Cecil Bridgewater

5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, bass and drums.

A fast paced long meter blues dedicated to Earvin Johnson and written with features for trumpet, alto, piano and drums. It is included on the CD, "Hip Shakin'," Ken Music by the Grover Mitchell Orchestra and Cecil's CD, "I Love Your Smile."

Grade: 6 Price: $100.

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The Moontrane by Woody Shaw

Arranged by Cecil Bridgewater.

Feature for trumpet, tenor and bass with 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, bass and drums.

First recorded by Woody Shaw with Joe Henderson, Larry Young and Elvin Jones, this version tries to capture the "small band with-in the big band" concept. This arrangement has been performed by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra and recorded by the Nancy Banks Big Band on "Bert's Blues," Consolidated Artists.

Grade: 6 Price: $100

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Out Of It by Harold Vick

Arranged by Cecil Bridgewater

For soloist, 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, bass and drums.

An unusual medium to fast tempo piece that is a feature for tenor, trumpet and piano. Recorded by The Nancy Banks Big Band.

Grade: 5-6 Price: $100

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Recordame by Joe Henderson

Arranged by Cecil Bridgewater.

A Samba featuring the two Tenor Saxophones, piano and drums. 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, guitar, bass and drums.

Grade: 5-6 Price: $100

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Waltz For Duke Pearson by Cecil Bridgewater

5 saxophones doubling flutes and clarinets, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, bass and drums.

Grade: Price: 6 $100

Commissioned by the Atlanta Arts Festival as part of a tribute to the memory of pianist/composer/arranger Duke Pearson and was premiered in 1984.   There is an ensemble exchange between brass and reeds before the solo section begins. This piece has been recorded by John Stubblefield, "Confessin'," in a quintet setting and by Cecil on the CD, "I Love Your Smile," in a nonette version.

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Take The A Train by Billy Strayhorn

Arranged by Cecil Bridgewater

For vocalist or featured soloist, 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, guitar, bass and drums.

This arrangement, on purpose, doesn't utilize any of the passages associated with the Ellington Orchestra version.  Set for solos by trumpet, tenor and either featured soloist or piano/guitar and 4 bar exchanges between sections.

Grade: 5-6 Price: $100.00

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Ain't Nothin' Nu  by Thad Jones arranged by Cecil Bridgewater

Features Tenor Sax, Trumpet, Piano and drums.

Fast paced swing feel.  The original version was recorded on "Mel Lewis and Friends" as a quintet piece, but this has been expanded by Cecil for Big Band 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, guitar, bass and drums.

Grade: 5-6 Price: $150.00

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Eternal Triangle

by Sonny Stitt arranged by Cecil Bridgewater

Features the two Tenor saxophones,  Piano and Drums.  Written for full Big Band 5 Saxophones, 4 Trumpets, 4 Trombones, Piano, Guitar, Bass and Drums.

Fast paced straight-ahead swinger. Originally recorded by Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt and Sonny Rollins as a sextet piece  This version is expanded by Cecil for Big Band 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, guitar, bass and drums.

Grade: 4-5 Price: $150.00

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Here's That Rainy Day by Jimmy Van Huesen arranged by Cecil Bridgewater

Feature for Trumpet/Flugel Horn soloist and Piano.

Starts as a ballad and then double times to ensemble and solo section before returning to slow section 'til final chord.   Soloist, 5 Saxophones, 4 Trumpets, 4 Trombones, French Horn, Piano, Guitar, Bass and Drums.

Grade: 5-6 Price: $150.00

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La Mesha by Kenny Dorham arranged by Cecil Bridgewater

Feature for Trumpet/Flugel Horn and Bass Clarinet

Beautiful ballad recorded by Joe Henderson with Kenny Dorham on his first album.  This version is expanded for Flugel Horn soloist, 3 Flutes, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, 4 Trumpets, 4 Trombone, Piano, Bass and Drums.

Grade: 5-6 Price: $150.00

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Bright Moments by Rashaan Roland Kirk arranged by Cecil Bridgewater

Commissioned by Howard University Jazz Band.  A new treatment of the composition puts it in a 6/4 time signature.  Features are for Tenor and Trumpet soloists plus French Horn and Percussion solo.

Written for French Horn, Trumpet and Tenor Sax Soloists.  5 Saxophones, 4 Trumpets, 4 Trombones, Piano, Guitar, Bass and Drums.

Grade: 5-6 Price: $150.00

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I Waited For You by John "Dizzy" Gillespie arranged by Cecil Bridgewater

Featuring Trumpet Soloist on a beautiful ballad that "Dizzy" sang in his recorded version of the composition.

This version is to feature Trumpet/Flugelhorn Soloist with the big band of 5 Saxophones, 4 Trumpets, 4 Trombones, Piano, Bass and Drums.

Grade: 5-6 Price: $150.00

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Blues On The Corner by McCoy Tyner arranged by Cecil Bridgewater

Recorded on McCoy's album entitled "The Real McCoy" in a quartet format. Commissioned by Howard University Jazz Band. Featuring Piano and Tenor Saxophone solos.

This version is for French Horn with Big Band consisting of 5 Saxophones, 4 Trumpets, 4 Trombones, Piano, Bass and Drums.

Grade: 5-6 Price: $150.00

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Samba, Para Ustedes Dos by Cecil Bridgewater

Recorded by Cecil and Ron Bridgewater's album, "Generations Suite" and by Richard Davis, "Live at Sweet Basil's

This version is for Trumpet and Tenor Soloists with a big band consisting of 5 Saxophones, 4 Trumpets, 4 Trombones, Piano, Bass and Drums.  A Fast paced samba.

Grade: 5-6 Price: $150.00

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Bridgette by Freddie Hubbard arranged by Cecil Bridgewater

A Beautiful Ballad featuring Trumpet and Alto saxophone that Freddie wrote for his wife.

Written for Trumpet/Flugelhorn Soloist and 5 Saxophones, 4 Trumpets, 4 Trombones, Piano, Guitar, Bass and Drums.

Grade: 5-6 Price: $150.00

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