My Baby Just Cares For Me


Nina Simone recorded her now famous version of this tune in 1958, though it took nearly thirty years for it to achieve chart success, having been used by Chanel in a fragrance commercial in 1987. We have adapted her version to suit a full big band line-up. The Piano part is written out in full and there are no sax doubles. The opening section of Simone's original Piano solo is now taken as a five part instrumental combo, plus rhythm, and the second half is a Trumpet duet (on 2nd & 3rd - cued on 1st) leading to a full band shout for the triplet passage which closes it out. The Simone version was originally recorded in the key of A. Mindful that this puts the transposing instruments in fairly awkward keys, the chart comes printed double sided, with the key raised to concert Bb on the reverse of the parts, making it more player friendly. The vocal would suit either a low Alto female singer or a Baritone male voice. Please note that there is no audio sample of this chart.

Part Number
Arranged by
Myles Collins
Nina Simone
3 mins 30 secs
Trumpets 1-4
B5 (C6), A#5 (B5),
B5 (C6), E5 (F5)
Trombones 1-4
A4 (Bb4), D4 (Eb4),
B3 (C4), F#3 (G3)
Vocal Ranges
E3 (F3) - A4 (Bb4)
(11 steps, as sung)

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