I've begun to experiment with arranging for jazz big band. Something I don't quite understand is how to thoughtfully voice chords.
I understand generally how instruments should be voiced in a chord. The bones typically hold the bottom of the chord, the saxes the middle, and the trumpets the top. From there, it's a matter of determining the voicing of the chord; which chord tones should be doubled, which octave should tones be played in, which parts of the upper structure should be played, which tones should be omitted, etc.
What should I be listening for as I experiment with voicings to determine what would be an "effective" voicing?