But For The Grace Of God, dedicated to his late parents Leonard and Carolyn, is an expression of gratitude from Rich for his very life and all the amazing opportunities that have come his way on his journey. This has been performed with and without strings (and French horns) and is a powerful piece either way, but obviously sounds better with strings and French horns.
Written for five saxophones, five trumpets (solo 5th trumpet part can be played on trumpet or flugelhorn), four trombones, piano, guitar, bass, drums, first and second violins, violas (divisi), cello, double bass and four French horns. Mike Abene specified 34 strings total (twelve 1st violins, ten 2nd violins, six violas, four celli, and two double basses) as you can hear in the recording below. The string parts used in the recording are as follows: six 1st violin parts, five 2nd violin parts, three viola parts, four cello parts and two bass parts (twenty actual parts in all).
Doubles in the winds are as follows: ▪ alto 1 also plays flute, clarinet and soprano, ▪ alto 2 also plays flute and clarinet, ▪ tenor saxes both also play clarinet, ▪ baritone sax also plays bass clarinet, and ▪ trumpets also play flugelhorn.
The lead trumpet part goes up to a D♭ above the staff. This tune is between Grade 4 and Grade 5. Chart length is 112 written bars, tempo is ♩ = 76 and the score is 15 pages.
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Here is how this chart sounds as played by Rich Willey’s Boptism Big Band (instrumental version):
Here is the vocal version of this chart (as heard on Rich Willey’s Puttin’ On The Ritz album (Zeke Listenbee, vocalist):
Dan Higgins — 1st Alto Saxophone
Brian Scanlon — 2nd Alto Saxophone
Bob Sheppard — 1st Tenor Saxophone
Sal Lozano — 2nd Tenor Saxophone
Jay Mason — Baritone Saxophone
Wayne Bergeron — Lead Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Dan Fornero — 2nd Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Rob Schaer — 3rd Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Tony Bonsera — 4th Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Alex Iles — Lead Trombone
Andy Martin — 2nd Trombone
Steve Holtman — 3rd Trombone
Bill Reichenbach — Bass Trombone
Wally Minko — Keyboards
Andrew Synowiec — Guitar
Edwin Livingston — Bass
Peter Erskine — Drums
Joey DeLeon — Percussion
Dylan Hart — French Horn
Danielle Ondarza — French Horn
Jeremiah Frederick — French Horn
Sharon Jones — French Horn
String players are listed on cover of CD.
Recorded January 5th, 2019, Conway Studios, Los Angeles, CA, engineered by Tommy Vicari
Photos by Janet Willey.