Walter The Ferret by Rich Willey arranged by Gordon Goodwin


Rich Willey’s tune plus Gordon Goodwin’s magic touch showcase the horns in a chorale-like melody followed by a tasteful smooth-jazz groove.

The solo section gives your players a chance to blow over some Coltrane changes. Heads will nod and feet will tap.

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Here’s a fun and funky chart that has Gordon Goodwin’s Midas Touch all over it. After an attention-grabbing intro, Gordon shows off all the horns in a smooth chorale-like presentation of the melody before finding the pocket with a nice smooth-jazz type groove. The bridge has some Coltrane chord changes and the band has some cool ensemble things before the solo sections which are open for several soloists if desired. There is also a place to feature the drums before going into yet another beautiful treatment of the bridge on out.

Written for five saxophones, five trumpets (solo 5th trumpet part can be played on trumpet, flugelhorn as Rich did in the recording below or bass trumpet), four trombones, piano, guitar, bass, drums and added percussionist. The only doubling in this chart is ▪ baritone sax also plays bass clarinet.

The lead trumpet part goes up to a three leger-line E. This tune lies somewhere between Grade 5 and Grade 5.5. Chart length is 107 written bars, tempo is ♩ = 100 and the score is 14 pages.

Our big band charts only come one way, and that is as follows:
• parts are 9″ x 12″ (folded and/or taped) printed on 80 lb. text stock
• scores are 11″ x 17″ on 24 lb. stock comb-bound with 10 ml mylar front sheet and 15-pt. black vinyl back.

Listen to this two-and-a-half-minute excerpt of the beginning of this arrangement:


Dan Higgins — 1st Alto Saxophone
Brian Scanlon — 2nd Alto Saxophone
Bob Sheppard — 1st Tenor Saxophone
Jeff Driskill — 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

Recorded January 3rd, 2019, Conway Studios, Los Angeles, CA, engineered by Tommy Vicari

Gordon Goodwin & Rich Willey

Photo by Angela Fornero

Walter The Ferret

Walter The Ferret

Additional information

Weight 80 oz
Dimensions 12.5 × 18.5 × 3 in