Composer : Jim Fieldhouse
A funky shuffle style chart with a big band feel.
Instrumentation : 1 Soprano Sax, 4 Alto Saxophones, 2 Tenor Saxophones & 1 Baritone.
Flexible parts : Part 2 transposition for 2nd soprano, Part 5 for tenor sax and alternative part 7 for baritone, allows for all combinations up to standard double quartet.
Difficulty rating : Advanced
With a mixture of intervalic melodic lines all vying for their turn in the spot light and big band style shout choruses, The Last word! is as the title suggests, a jazz argument with different groups within the ensemble passing or stealing lines from each other while a baritone groove underpins the whole thing. This piece requires attention to detail to get the most out of it. Observing many different articulation and dynamic marking and tight ensemble playing are vital to pulling off the this chart which is essentially A Capella big band writing.