Fantail has been transcribed from the Neal Hefti chart written for the Basie bands' "Atomic Mr Basie" album. It is an up tempo swinger that features Piano, Alto and Drums. We have written out Basie's opening solo passages "as played" and have transcribed the Frank Wess alto solos too. Your player can improvise their own from the chords if preferred. The alto solos are scored on the Alto 2 part and the drum solos are improvised. The only adaptation we have done is to augment the Trombones up to a full four piece section, though the chart is perfectly playable with only 3 bones (1, 2 & 4). This is not an easy chart to play and strict attention to dynamics and articulations is needed in order to produce the right outcome. There are no sax doubles and the 4th Trombone is a Bass (playable on a Tenor too).

Part Number
Arranged by
Neal Hefti
Transcribed by
Myles Collins
Count Basie
2 mins 50 secs
Trumpets 1-4
Eb6, B5, A5, F#5
Trombones 1-4
B4, Ab4, Ab4, D4
Medium / Advanced

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