Long Story Short – Jack Montrose
A medium swinger with a classic “cool school” sound, this song comes from a big band recording. However, it certainly works in a small group setting as well. Our lead sheet contains articulations from Jack’s original manuscript.
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- Recording: Buddy Charles - We're Here
- Recorded on: September, 1993
- Label: Jazzed Media (1012)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Trumpet - George Graham, Rick Baptist, Frank Szabo, Warren Luening, Carl Saunders, Wayne Bergeron
- Trombone - Charley Loper, Bill Watrous, Bob McChesney, Andy Martin
- Bass Trombone - Ernie Tack
- Alto Sax - Charlie McLean, Gary Foster
- Tenor Sax - Pete Christlieb, Gordon Brisker
- Bari Sax - Jack Nimitz
- Guitar - Mike Higgins
- Piano - Pete Jolly
- Bass - Chuck Berghofer or Trey Henry
- Drums - Ray Brinker
The last four measures of our lead sheet come from Jack’s original manuscript; in the big band arrangement on the recording, they are replaced by a longer interlude/coda with a half-time feel. Solos in the big band arrangement are on a different form from the head, but the head form certainly works for solos in a small group setting. The phrase markings on our lead sheet also come from Jack’s manuscript.
December 30, 1926 – February 7, 2006
Not to be confused with J.R. Monterose (coincidentally, also born in Detroit—and less than a month younger!), saxophonist Jack Montrose was associated with the West Coast "cool jazz" scene in the '50s, especially known as a composer and arranger. He is perhaps best known for his arrangements for Clifford Brown's 1954 septet album, "Jazz Immortal." Jack didn't play on this album, but he can be heard on many recordings from around that time by Shorty Rogers, Chet Baker, Art Pepper, and several other Los Angeles-based leaders. Read more...