Here's a fun arrangement of the traditional spiritual for Saxophone ensemble that is always well received. The melody gets passed around between the various parts of the ensemble and there's some tasty soli sections as well. A great option for those wanting a swing-band type of chart on a Sax Quintet’s program.
Scored for 2 Altos, 2 Tenors and 1 Bari Sax, the Bari gets first crack at the melody with some space for light ad-libbing around the melody before taking on a walking bass role afterward. After an improv solo opportunity for the Lead Alto, there’s a section labeled “EXTREMELY Laid Back” featuring a large shift in rhythmic and harmonic density that works best when observing the wide dynamic variations, playing really light and easy before cranking out the accented off-beat hits and coming right back down before wrapping it all up at the ending.
This chart works well with an advancing ensemble. There’s also the opportunity to keep all players focused on ensemble playing.