Finally, after a drooling over this for nearly 40 years, I’ve had the opportunity to accurately transcribe the horn parts and record trumpet tracks for a cover of Midnight Oil’s “Power and the Passion”.
It was an absolute priveledge to play these iconic horn lines, including in the altissimo register for trumpet, and to be able to collaborate with the Powerderworkers – Midnight Oil’s global fan base.
Includes 2 trumpets, 3 saxes, and trombones. Authentically transcribed to the original 1982 studio recording.
There are many great quotes from trumpet players that I admire. But this one, which I copied from the trumpet method book A Tribute to William Adam, is my favorite.
“You have to remember the trumpet is a mean instrument, the meanest there is. It’s a damn monster. Sometimes I feel like throwing it out the window, it’s such a beast. There are times when it treats you so sweet and nice that everything comes out just perfect. Then you come back to it the next night, rub your hands together and say to yourself you’re going to do it all over again. You pick up the horn, put it to your chops, and the son of a bitch says, ‘Screw you.'”
– Roy Eldridge.
Starting my 2023 trumpet practice routine on a positive note… 😉
I was asked to add some trumpets to this awesome song that wasn’t previously recorded with horns. Summer Breeze was composed and recorded by Seals & Crofts in 1972. Our recording was based on a cover recorded by Shaw Blades in 2007.
To bring a unique sound to our cover the trumpet lines supplement and provide extra oomph to the guitar lines. Here’s my transcription for 4 trumpets.
Our producer and guitarist, Igor, did an amazing job on the audio and video production. It’s great to be a part of something so polished!
On my channel, you’ll find videos of my musical collaborations as well as a variety of other things that I’ve served up outside of the scope of this website.
Two of my Happy Birthday videos have amassed over 136,000 views and I’d love to be getting some of the advertising revenue that YouTube makes from them. But to do that I need more subscribers and more views… Can I count you in, please? 🙂
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I’ve played the exact same Michael Bublé arrangement of Sway with two different big bands as well as an online collaboration. In all cases, the charts were downloaded by someone for free from Mind for Music.
Mind for Music – Sway – Michael Bublé Version for Big Band
The arrangement is a good representation of the original recording, but there are gaps:
It’s a vocal chart, not an instrumental. If you don’t have a vocalist, well, you can imagine how empty that sounds.
The violin solo heard on the original recording has been written for an additional keyboard (synth strings). What big band has two keyboard players? So, another gaping hole!
To fill these gaps and allow the chart to be played with standard big band instrumentation I’ve created supplementary parts:
Michael Bublé – Sway – Lead Sheets. Written for instruments in Concert Pitch, B♭, E♭, and Bass Clef. One musician could play the whole thing, or the melody could be split and shared around. Chords are included, allowing for the repetitive melody to be supplemented with solos.
The original soundtrack for M*A*S*H the movie (not the TV show) features some nice harmony vocals – very much sounding like 1970 folk music. For fun, I transcribed and recorded the vocal lines for harmonizing flugelhorns. Strings transcribed, guitar solo inserted, and trumpets thrown in for a musical climax.
I enjoy looking at the statistics and metrics from this blog, from time to time. I like seeing the number of visitors and the files that they download. I thought I’d publish a list of the Top 5 downloads since WordPress started measuring them in 2019.
I’m so pleased to see that the works of one of the greatest artists of our time consistently rank at 1st place. It sure looks like the trumpet players who visit this site really dig music with a groove!
I continue to record new Virtual Collabs all the time, so I continue to transcribe trumpet charts to make that possible. There’s a steady list of transcriptions in the works and they’ll be added to this blog as the recordings are finished.
Spanish “saxofonista” José Luis Santacruz invited me to join him to record a cover of Chuck Mangione’s composition The Cannonball Run Theme. José expertly transcribed the flugelhorn part for me to play, shared here with his kind permission.
Chuck Mangione composed and recorded the theme for the 1981 movie The Cannonball Run, which starred Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and a long list of others.
I recall my surprise at hearing the theme for the first time while watching the movie with several friends at my local cinema. I was about age 14 and had been listening to Chuck’s recordings day and night. I had no idea that Chuck had contributed to the movie soundtrack so I wasn’t listening for it, but when I heard his unmistakable flugelhorn sound I immediately recognized it and excitedly shared the news with my friends seated next to me. Of course, they had no idea what I was flipping out over…
In addition to the movie soundtrack, the original recording was released on Chuck Mangione’s 1982 A&M album 70 Miles Young.