The Commitments – Take Me to the River

Take Me to the River, from the soundtrack to the movie The Commitments. It was very difficult to hear all of the horn lines in parts of the original recording, particularly as the energy of the performance builds, so I’ve made a few educated guesses in spots. But they are good guesses, and very close to Al Green’s original arrangement of this great song.

I love playing these soul tunes! So much fun to play on trumpet.

I couldn’t be sure if the soundtrack recording featured two saxes or a sax/trombone combination. So I wrote for trumpet, tenor sax, and trombone, figuring that might be a little more useful for anyone who wants to use the charts in the future.

Update Jan 3, 2020: Our BandLab project is complete. I’ve updated this post with our recording.


The Commitments - Take Me to the River - Trumpet Sax Trombone charts. Transcribed by Gary Badger -

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

What do you think? Please leave a comment and let me know.

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