Sentimental Journey


Sentimental Journey : Les & Larry Elgart. This song was made famous by Doris Day and the Les Brown Orchestra in 1944 and was covered by many artists over the next two decades including Julie London, Eydie Gorme and Frank Sinatra. The instrumental version that we offer you here was recorded by Les & Larry Elgart in 1964. Although this is not a long chart, it is harmonically interesting. The melody is carried by the Trumpet, with the band shifting chromatically upwards by a half step on the melody off-beats in the first six measures of the melody, before switching to a downwards chromatic pattern in measure seven, then resolving with a II, V, I pattern in the eighth measure. The overall result borders on the dissonant, yet is very pleasing to the ear. The original Tenor solo in the middle eight of the first chorus is written out "as played", though your player can improvise their own solo from the chords, if preferred. The Brass ranges are very low, the 4th Trombone is a Bass and there are no Sax doubles.

Part Number
Transcribed by
Myles Collins
Les Elgart
2 mins 20 secs
Trumpets 1-4
C5, Ab4, G4, Bb4
Trombones 1-4
C4, Ab3, F3, G2

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