Cuban Jingle Bells

By
James Lord Pierpont
Arranged
Ryan Linham
Price
£ 16.50 

Jingle Bells is one of the best known and commonly sung Christmas songs in the world. Written as a children’s song by James Lord Pierpont using a very simple tune and structure, it is not often given the musical gravitas that it deserves.

  • 4 Trumpets
  • 1 Horn in F
  • 4 Trombones
  • 1 Tuba
  • 2 Percussion
  • Percussion section requires: Drum Kit and Sleigh Bells

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Jingle Bells is one of the best known and commonly sung Christmas songs in the world. Written as a children’s song by James Lord Pierpont using a very simple tune and structure, it is not often given the musical gravitas that it deserves. Arturo Sandoval, the Cuban trumpet player famous for playing with Maynard Ferguson, recorded a version of this song with Big Band on the Latin Jazz Christmas album in 2003, which was earlier released for Playboy magazine under the title ‘Playboy Latin Jazz Christmas, A Not so Silent Night’. This arrangement is inspired wholly by the Jingle Bells on that album, with blistering trumpets, syncopated trombones and additional Mambo drum kit patterns to create a Big Band style piece. In the middle there is also a written-out trumpet solo with optional improvisation true to Arturo’s famous rapid CuBop playing. After the solo a cheeky contrasting section with sleigh bells, calypso style trumpets and bass trombone moments cuts in. This then segues into a tuba bass line breakdown, more and more parts building up gradually with ostinatos and patterns until the huge key change and the final melody to take it home with every part going with full throttle. This is a tremendously exciting finishing number or encore for any Christmas programme.

“All cleverly arranged and beautifully played, with excellent sonics.”

John Sunier
Audiophile Audition

“All cleverly arranged and beautifully played, with excellent sonics.”

John Sunier
Audiophile Audition

“All cleverly arranged and beautifully played, with excellent sonics.”

John Sunier
Audiophile Audition

“The entire programme can be likened to a sumptuous feast, with each track having its own highly delectable and thoroughly satisfying flavour. The CD is surely compulsive listening for all brass and percussion enthusiasts.”

C Brian Buckley
Brass Band World

“Many recordings over the last few decades have demonstrated the superb quality of British brass playing; 'Under the Spell of Spain' will rightfully take its place among them.”

Paul Sarcich
www.dailyclassicalmusic.com

“One of the all time great brass recordings OF ALL TIME”

Jiggs Whigham
International Jazz Trombone Soloist and Musical Director, BBC Big Band

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