We are incredibly excited to have Tim Sanders, the leader of the famous Kick Horns as his CV as horn arranger and sax player is so phenomenal and he is also a thoroughly nice chap. He and the Kick Horns have arranged horn sections and played on so many hits over the past few decades, it's massive for us to have him.
Tim's speciality is writing for commercial projects. This will take the focus from purely complex big band arranging to include a more commercially applicable approach. The sessions will also be dealing with the building blocks for writing great horn arrangements. We are super excited to have him with us and hope you are too.
The first four sessions will be as follows:
1. Keeping It Simple
Introduction to Tim and his background.
Two-part voicings where the horns are embedded within the rhythm section.
‘Love That Burns’ – Fleetwood Mac
‘All Blues’ – Miles Davis
‘Crosscut Saw’ – Albert King
‘Reconsider Baby’ – Lowell Fulson
Examine the voicings used and explore alternatives. Students will suggest possible amendments.
Exercise will be to write an alternative arrangement for one of the songs.
2. Further On Up The Road
Three-part voicings and the further options they offer. Again looking at horns as part of the rhythm section, but also exploring weight, texture and so on.
‘Reconsider Baby’ – Eric Clapton
‘Tore Down’ – Eric Clapton
‘Sincerely’ – Buster Brown
3. The Bigger The Punch I’m Feeling
Weight, texture, punctuation. Larger sections, maybe stepping outside the blues genre.
‘Walking the Backstreets and Crying’ – Albert King
4. Putting It All Together
Songs that show the full range of possibilities.
Examining a bare rhythm track with topline: where could this go?
‘Blues for Eileen’ – Count Basie Band
‘One O’Clock Jump’ – Count Basie Band