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In a traditional sense, the shout chorus is the pinnacle of the big band chart. Similar to the development section in Sonata Allegro form. This is where the writer can exhibit his skills, creating something new and different within the arrangement. This is the most exciting part of the chart. In much of today's contemporary jazz writing the shout chorus is no longer a tutti section, where everyone plays the same rhythm. It has become more subdued and sophisticated - less stereotypical of the big band era. Listen to the music of Maria Schneider and Jim McNeely.

Most of the examples below represent the traditional approach.

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