Sample from Saxtet's album, "Safer Sax".

Dreams of You

Ballad, Jazz
A superb tune with an optional improvisation.
McGarry, Dave
Bb or Eb Sax & Piano
4 minutes



From the composer:  Ninety per cent of Dreams of You was composed in roughly the time it takes to play the tune – it took me a lot longer to write it down! The 3/8 bars and minor refinements make up the remaining ten per cent. The tune is basically an improvisation over a chord progression, which is also improvised, and it grows out of the opening phrase, so that I feel that some sense of “discovery” and of wondering where the tune will go next should be conveyed during performance.

It was late at night and the house was very quiet when I sat down at the piano and “discovered” this tune, and although the title might suggest some emotional content, I was not thinking about anybody or anything particular at the time – disappointing eh? Be expressive.

Dreams of You was written in 1992, and this edition includes Chris Gumbley’s transcribed improvisation, as recorded on the Safer Sax album in 1993.

The E-Edition PDF bundle includes Bb and Eb saxophone parts, piano accompaniment, and an MP3 play-along track for practice purposes.

“Dreams of You” is included in the following exam syllabus:

TCL Jazz Saxophone – Grade 8 (Eb & Bb) – valid from November 2022

Please check the latest exam syllabi for updates and amendments.

“Dreams of You” is also available in hard-copy from June Emerson Wind Music.

1 review for Dreams of You

  1. tom.saxtet

    …it’s a pleasing song, well written for the saxophone, with a full piano part and chord symbols for the improvising section.
    Clarinet and Saxophone, Spring 1995

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