When You're Smiling


This chart has been transcribed from the Nelson Riddle arrangement as performed by Frank Sinatra on "Sinatra's Swingin' Session", and is very true to the original. We have made a couple of minor adjustments to make it playable by a standard 5444 line up. Backing string lines are scored into the Trumpets (muted) and the Trombone section has been augmented to 4 voices. Other than this, it's just like the record. We have even written out the muted Trumpet solo fills, and the important Drum licks and kicks. After an 8 measure intro which sets the feel of what is to come, it's a vocal feature throughout, backed by some very cool and swinging writing for the blowers which compliments the vocal phrasing all the way through the chart. This is Riddle at his best. The vocal key is Ab, modulating to A half way through. Don't be put off by seeing the Eb instruments playing in 6 sharps. The notes fall easily under the players' fingers. The brass ranges are very playable (lead Trumpet to high D) though Trombone 1 has a couple of high B's and C's to cope with. There are no sax doubles.

Part Number
Arranged by
Nelson Riddle
Transcribed by
Myles Collins
Frank Sinatra
2 minutes
Trumpets 1-4
D6, C6, C6, E5
Trombones 1-4
C5, A4, F4, Eb4,
Vocal Ranges
C3 - E4 (10 steps, as sung)
Vocal Key
Ab, A

PDF Icon