Cute is one of the great tracks from the Basie band of the 1950s, and one of a series written and arranged for the band by Neal Hefti for the Count Basie Band. This is the original stock arrangement as published in 1958 and not the exact arrangement as recorded on the Atomic Basie album. This makes a nice show spot for your drummer. There is not a full score with this arrangement, though a Conductor lead sheet is included. A great tune, and classic Basie! The mp3 is courtesy of The Strayhorns.Ranges:Trumpets 1-4 Gb5, F5, F5, F5 Trombones 1-4 Fb4, E4, Eb4, Eb4.
Bunny Berigan :\"I love music but I hate the music business\". Rowland Bernart Berrigan. Born Nov 2, 1908 in Hilbert, WI. Died Jun 2, 1942 in New York, NY. Bunny Berigan, during 1935-1939, was arguably the top trumpeter in jazz (with his main competition being Louis Armstrong and Roy Eldridge). Blessed with a beautiful tone and a wide range (Berigan's low notes could be as memorable as his upper-register shouts), Berigan brought excitement to every session he appeared on. He was not afraid to take chances during his solos and could be a bit reckless, but Berigan's successes and occasional failures were always colorful to hear, at least until he drank it all away. Bunny Berigan played in local bands and then college groups in the Midwest. He tried out for Hal Kemp's orchestra unsuccessfully in 1928 (rejected because of his thin tone, remarkably) but showed tremendous improvement by 1930 when he was hired. After a few recordings and a trip to Europe, Berigan joined Fred Rich's CBS studio band in 1931, where (except for a few months with Paul Whiteman) he would remain up to 1935. Berigan soon gained a strong reputation as a hot jazz soloist and he appeared on quite a few records with studio bands, the Boswell Sisters, and the Dorsey Brothers. In 1935, he spent a few months with Benny Goodman's orchestra, but that was enough to launch the swing era. Berigan had classic solos on Goodman's first two hit records (\"King Porter Stomp\" and \"Sometimes I'm Happy\") and was with B.G. as he went on his historic tour out West, climaxing in the near riot at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles. Berigan soon returned to the more lucrative studio scene, making his only film appearance in 1936 with Fred Rich. In 1937, he joined Tommy Dorsey's band and was once again largely responsible for two hits: \"Marie\" and \"Song of India.\" Berigan's solos on these tunes became so famous that in future years Dorsey had them written out and orchestrated for the full trumpet section. After leaving Dorsey, Bunny Berigan finally put together his own orchestra. He scored early on with his biggest hit, \"I Can't Get Started.\" With Georgie Auld on tenor and Buddy Rich on drums, Berigan had a potentially strong band. Unfortunately, he was already an alcoholic and a reluctant businessman. By 1939, there had been many lost opportunities and the following year Berigan (who was bankrupt) was forced to break up his band. He re-joined Tommy Dorsey for a few months but never stopped drinking and was not happy being a sideman again. Soon Berigan formed a new orchestra, but his health began declining, and on June 2, 1942, he died when he was just 33. What would this brilliant swing trumpeter have done in the bop era Bunny Berigan's life is definitively profiled in Robert Dupuis' book Elusive Legend of Jazz. — Scott Yanow, All Music Guide 1e1e36bf2d