Does anyone else here love arranging as much as I do? My jazz combo is performing in just over a week. (Nothing special, just an in-class performance.) As part of our set, we're doing Footprints followed by A Train. The great thing about these tunes is Footprints is in C minor (mostly) and in 3/4, while A Train is in C major (mostly) and 4/4. So I came up with a cool surprise ending to Footprints that morphs into the beginning of A Train.
Footprints ends with the horns blowing the 11th (F) of a Cmin11 chord, so I used voice leading in a triple threat to successively end on Db7, Dmin7, and finally on C (with the horns blowing G instead of F). As we're all fading out on a strong C major chord, the piano comes in with the "train" riff (descending chunk of the D whole tone scale to evoke D7b5). It's beautifully dissonant and leads naturally into A Train.
For the ending of A Train we're playing the standard Duke Ellington ending -- an ascending C major scale with some chromatic bits -- but with the second bar replaced by the C minor bass motif from Footprints. So the tune sounds like it comes full circle. We've already played it once like this and it sounds brilliant. I can't wait for the performance!
Edit: Yes, I know this is a metal guitar site. Still, we're all musicians and music lovers, right?
First of all: I love jazz and try my best to get stuff sounding jazzy, but I have absolutely no theoretical knowledge(I got the part with the key and all though). I can't even read music anymore.
So most of what you wrote made no sense to me
But I love music and I do consider myself a musician even though i have no clue.
Arranging is really fun, I love it.