Dry Bones


Dry Bones : Ray Anthony. Here is our transcription of Ray Anthony's version of the traditional spiritual, Dry Bones. The original arrangement was probably scored by Ray Anthony & Phil Scott. It starts in the key of Gb and modulates chromatically upwards to Bb throughout the chart, before reprising to Gb for the close. As with many Anthony arrangements of the period, such as Thunderbird, the chart opens with a rumbling Baritone riff which is sustained into the first chorus, under unison Trombones overlaid by muted Trumpets on the repeat. The next passage (in G) is taken by a Trumpet leading four reeds, followed by (in Ab) an ad-lib Tenor solo backed by Trombones. A Trumpet solo (in A) follows, backed by the reeds. Then comes unison reeds backed by Trombones, repeated (in Bb) with full brass backing. The chart finishes with a shift back to Gb for a reprise of the opening overlaid with a muted Trumpet solo, and a short tutti flourish to the finish. Whilst the Tenor solo is ad-lib, we have written out the original Ray Anthony Trumpet solos (on the 3rd part), though these can be improvised using the chords provided. There are no sax doubles

Part Number
Arranged by
Ray Anthony
Transcribed by
Myles Collins
Ray Anthony
3 mins 8 secs
Trumpets 1-4
C6, A5, B5, F5
Trombones 1-4
Bb4, G4, F4, D4

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