Symphony in Riffs


Benny Carter wrote this piece and recorded it with his band in 1933, and it became one of the defining swing charts of the era. He later scored this arrangement for the Gene Krupa Orchestra, and it is arguably even better than the original. Our only amendments have been to score the chart for 8 Brass and 5 Saxes (originally 6 & 4 respectively). There are solo spots for Tenors 1&2, Trumpet 2, Trombone 1 and Drums, and all of the solos are written out in full, except the Drum solo where we have written out the first 4 (of 16) measures in Krupa style. This chart skips in a relaxed right-on-the-beat swing style, and is great for the dancers. There are no sax doubles.

Part Number
Arranged by
Benny Carter
Transcribed by
Alan Glasscock
Myles Collins
Gene Krupa
2 mins 55 secs
Trumpets 1-4
C6, G5 (Eb6 in solo), E5, C#5
Trombones 1-4
Bb4, Ab4, F4, C4
Medium / Advanced

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