Dusty Shoes is ideally suited for the beginning jazz ensemble. Simple yet swinging rhythms permeate this minor-keyed medium swing chart. The 16-bar melody is originally stated by trombones and low reeds before being passed off to the sax section in 4-part harmony with brass backgrounds. The solo form is an open modal section in D Dorian with the option for any member of the band to solo. After the solo section, saxes and brass trade phrases before joining forces for a brief shout chorus. Sax melody and brass backgrounds then come back, leading to a big finish.
Bass lines and piano voicings are provided along with chord names.
1st trumpet range: written E (concert D)
1st trombone range: D