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

Ceora by Lee Morgan

Arranged by Cecil Bridgewater
5 Saxes
4 Trombones
4 Trumpets
Piano
Bass
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.  in 1972. (I had the good fortune to know Lee before his passing.) Performed by the Jazzmobile All-star Band and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra.

Grade: 4-5 Price: $50


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 . A medium tempo piece with an unusual melodic and harmonic structure.

Grade: 5-6 Price: $100


Demon Upstairs by Ron Bridgewater

Arranged by Cecil Bridgewater
Feature is for Solo Trumpet and Solo Tenor
5 Saxophones
4 Trumpets
4 Trombones
Piano
Bass
Drums
Conga
A composition that utlizes the Latin and swing elements side-by-side. The brass section is set-up to carry the weight with saxophones adding the color early.

Grade: 6 Price: $50


Gemini's Lullabye by Cecil Bridgewater

Arranged by Cecil Bridgewater
5 Saxophones
4 Trumpets
4 Trombones
Piano
Bass
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: $50


Little Sherri by Charile Rouse

Arranged by Cecil Bridgewater
For soloist and 5 Saxophones
4 Trumpets
4 Trombones
Piano
Bass
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: $50


Love And Harmony by Cecil Bridgewater

Arranged by Cecil Bridgewater
Flugelhorn
1 Alto doubling Flute
2 Alto doubling Flute
3 Tenor doubling Flute
4 Tenor doubling Clarinet
Baritone
4 Trumpets
4 Trombones
Piano
Bass
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


Louisiana Strut by Cecil Bridgewater

Arranged by Cecil Bridgewater
5 Saxophones
4 Trumpets
4 Trombones
Piano
Bass
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


Magic by Cecil Bridgewater

Arranged by Cecil Bridgewater
5 Saxophones
4 Trumpets
4 Trombones
Piano
Bass
Drums.
A fast paced long meter blues dedicated to Earvin "Magic" 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: $50.


The Moontrane by Woody Shaw

Arranged by Cecil Bridgewater

Feature for trumpet, tenor and bass with:
5 Saxophones
4 Trumpets
4 Trombones
Piano
Bass
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 Bank's Big Band on "Bert's Blues," Consolidated Artists.

Grade: 6 Price: $50


Out Of It by Harold Vick

Arranged by Cecil Bridgewater
For Tenor, Trumpet and Piano soloist
5 Saxophones
4 Trumpets
4 Trombones
Piano
Bass
Drums.
An unusual medium to fast tempo piece that is a feature for tenor, trumpet and piano. Recorded by The Nancy Bank's Big Band.

Grade: 5-6 Price: $50


Recorda Me 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
Drums.
The arrangment retains all of the original intro, vamps with additional material ustilized by a big a band.

Grade: 5-6 Price: $50

Waltz For Duke Pearson by Cecil Bridgewater

Arranged by Cecil Bridgewater
1 Soprano doubling Flute
2 Alto doubling Flute
3 Tenor doubline Flute
4 Tenor doubling Clarinet
4 Trumpets
4 Trombones
Piano
Bass
Drums.
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.

Grade: 6 Price: $50


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
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: $50.00


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
Drums.

Grade: 5-6 Price: $100.00


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
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.

Grade: 4-5 Price: $50.00

Here's That Rainy Day by Jimmy Van Huesen

Arranged by Cecil Bridgewater

Feature for Trumpet/Flugel Horn soloist and Piano.
5 Saxophones
4 Trumpets
4 Trombones
French Horn
Piano
Guitar
Bass
Drums.
Starts as a ballad and then double times to ensemble and solo section before returning to slow section 'til final chord.  

Grade: 5-6 Price: $50.00


La Mesha by Kenny Dorham


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
Drums.

Grade: 5-6 Price: $50.00


Bright Moments by Rashaan Roland Kirk


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

Grade: 5-6 Price: $100.00


I Waited For You by John "Dizzy" Gillespie


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
5 Saxophones
4 Trumpets
4 Trombones
Piano
Bass
Drums.

Grade: 5-6 Price: $50.00


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
Drums.

Grade: 5-6 Price: $100.00


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:
5 Saxophones
4 Trumpets
4 Trombones
Piano
Bass
Drums. 
A Fast paced samba.

Grade: 5-6 Price: $50.00


Bridgette by Freddie Hubbard


A Beautiful Ballad featuring Trumpet and Alto saxophone that Freddie wrote for his wife, Bridgette.
Written for Trumpet/Flugelhorn Soloist and
5 Saxophones
4 Trumpets
4 Trombones
Piano
Guitar
Bass
Drums.

Grade: 5-6 Price: $50.00