Mellophobia – Ray Starling
Originally written to feature the mellophone section of Stan Kenton’s big band, this charming medium-up swinger works with any instrumentation. Our lead sheet shows all important countermelodies from the big band arrangement.
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- Recording: Stan Kenton - Sound '62
- Recorded on: December 15-16, 1961
- Label: US Air Force Reserve Radio Transcriptions ()
- Concert Key: C
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Dalton Smith, Marvin Stamm, Norman Baltazar, Bob Rolfe, Bob Behrendt
- Mellophone - Ray Starling, Dwight Carver, Keith LaMotte, Carl Saunders
- Trombone - Bob Fitzpatrick, Bud Parker, Dee Barton
- Bass Trombone - Jim Amlotte, Dave Wheeler
- Alto Sax - Gabe Baltazar
- Tenor Sax - Buddy Arnold, Paul Renzi
- Bari Sax - Allan Beutler, Joel Kaye
- Piano - Stan Kenton
- Bass - Pat Senatore
- Drums - Jerry Lestock McKenzie
Our lead sheets show the melody lines of the intro and coda from the big band arrangement. In this arrangement, the mellophone section plays the head, punctuated by countermelodies from the other sections. Our lead sheets include the saxes’ unison countermelody in the A and C sections, the lead line of the trumpets and trombones’ interjections at B, and one more fill the saxes have in the D section. This song could be played without the countermelodies, but in a small group setting the piano or other comping instrument could play them, or they could be the second part of a two-horn arrangement. Also shown in our lead sheet is the mellophones’ voicing on the final chord of the coda, a C6(9) voiced in fourths.
This song and Four Of A Kind, another Ray Starling composition on jazzleadsheets.com, are both features for the Kenton band’s unique mellophone (or mellophonium) section. They are both in a similar style to Four Brothers, Jimmy Giuffre’s classic feature for the Woody Herman big band’s sax section of three tenors and one baritone. The coda of Mellophobia is especially similar to that of Four Brothers, with solo fills followed by a harmonized descending soli passage.
January 4, 1933 – May 15, 1982
As both a player and a composer/arranger, Ray Starling is most closely associated with Stan Kenton’s big band, specifically the expanded lineup of the 1960s that featured a section of four mellophones (also called mellophoniums). Read more...