Tain't What You Do


Originally arranged by Sy Oliver for the Jimmie Lunceford band, the same arrangement was used by Oliver when he led his own orchestra. Our transcription has been done using both recordings as reference sources. The chart is scored for a standard 5444 big band line up plus male vocal, with the instrumentalists in the band doing the majority of the singing. The male vocal part (originally taken by Oliver himself) takes the little verse prior to the band vocal and provides the "answer-back" to the band vocal chorus. The vocal key is Ab. Both the Alto and Tenor sax solos are written out "as-played" and there are no instrument doubles in the saxes. The drum solo before the shout is also written out, though your drummer is free to improvise a solo here if preferred. This chart will be a genuine crowd pleaser (they can join in the singing too) and will work in a gig or concert setting.

Part Number
Arranged by
Sy Oliver
Transcribed by
Myles Collins
Sy Oliver
2 mins 55 secs
Trumpets 1-4
Eb6, C6, B5, G5
Trombones 1-4
Bb4, Bb4, Bb4, B3
Vocal Ranges
Eb3 - F4 (9 steps as sung)
Vocal Key
Eb, Ab

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