Scope and arrangement
The Errol Parker scores, dating from 1982 to the 1990s, mainly contain compositions and arrangements Parker created for the tentet he led from 1982. These include arrangements that appeared on the four tentet recordings Parker produced for his Sahara label, as well as arrangements intended for four unproduced recording projects. Other arrangements in the collection may have been used only in live performance.
The scores consist of manuscripts of lead sheets, piano scores, full scores, and parts. With one exception, all arrangements are for Parker’s standard instrumentation of two trumpets; soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones; trombone; and a rhythm section of guitar, bass, and drums.
The unproduced projects, dating from the mid- to late-1990s, are titled The Intensity Legacy, Grandpa Monk’s Dance, Hip-Hop Symphony, and Blue Afternoon. Each has between seven and nine arrangements, usually with piano scores and all parts except for drums. Also among the unproduced projects is Marathon Man on First Avenue, a draft of a composition for string quartet, drums, guitar and bass.
With the exception of Remembering Billy Strayhorn (1993), the scores recorded on the tentet’s four albums are not grouped by album. Many, but not all, of the parts are grouped together by instrument, and the parts also hold lead sheets, chord changes, and set lists. Full scores and some lead sheets are arranged separately from the parts. Some scores and parts are for music never recorded by the tentet and are not among the unproduced projects. However, these are fragmentary (incomplete parts or lead sheets only), though they contain lead sheets of compositions by Parker that do not appear elsewhere in the collection.
Scores and parts already grouped by project name have been kept under those headings. The remainder of the collection was generally divided between scores and parts, and has remained so under the General heading.