Herb Alpert’s endearing take on this 60’s standard from his “Whipped Cream and Other Delights” album is presented here for 2 Trumpets, Trombone, and Rhythm section. This chart gives an instrumental ensemble the opportunity to perform “A Taste of Honey” while observing the original key and form of the classic recording. For the final pass through the melody, the key shifts up a half-step to F# minor which can be a bit challenging to players with less experience.
The Trumpets and Trombone parts closely follow in the footsteps of the original recording, making this a good vehicle to showcase a talented trumpeter or two. As the original recording is often double-tracked, both trumpet parts contain the full notation of the lead/solos so you can distribute these among your players either as featured solos or as unison duets. The Piano, Bass, and Drum Set parts are all fully notated.
Other than the challenges for the featured trumpeter(s) and the tonality of F# minor, this arrangement should otherwise remain fairly unchallenging and should be well within the grasp of younger ensembles as long as they are reminded to keep a close eye on the key signature!
A great way to add some Tijuana Brass-styled 60’s sunshine onto your program!
Also availble for Small Big Band