Clambake Seven Transcriptions

Some transcriptions of Tommy Dorsey’s lesser-known smaller ensemble, the Clambake Seven. Most of these are female vocals, originally sung by Edythe Wright. Unless otherwise indicated, the woodwind players cover clarinet and tenor sax, and the brass cover trumpet and trombone.

Josephine – $40

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Instrumentation: 2-2-1-4-F

Music Goes ‘Round and ‘Round – $40

This one was a minor hit for Dorsey, and a bit of an oddball. Edythe makes some phrasing mistakes, mainly dropping beats, and careful listening to the original recording reveals the sharp attention the musicians applied to adjust. She also makes a joke at Dorsey’s expense, which given his coarse personality, I find surprising. I interpret that to mean that at the time they were close friends, not just professional musical partners. In a way, it’s something of a mystery that this version of the tune is what got released.

I “fixed” the mistakes and make some notes in the score where I deviated from the recording. I also transcribed the spoken dialogue, although in my opinion using some of it is highly optional. Use your best judgement. The structure of this arrangement involves some “vamps” which will require some rehearsal to make sure everyone knows what the vocal cues are.

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Instrumentation: 2-2-1-4-F

Thanks For Everything – $40

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Instrumentation: 2-2-1-4-F

There’s Good Blues Tonight – $40

Sy Oliver was the guest trumpet and vocalist on this recording. I split up his contribution to separate trumpet and vocal parts. Based on this recording:

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Instrumentation: 2-3-1-4-M

Tiger Rag – $40

Instrumental, no vocal. Based on this recording:

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Instrumentation: 2-2-1-3

You’re A Sweetheart – $40

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Instrumentation: 2-2-1-4-F

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