Recorded by ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS on THREE BLIND MICE, Vol. 1
Blue Note: CDP 7 84451 2 / CDP 7 97190 / Recorded In March, 1962
||Medium up swing
The Jazz Messengers were recorded in live performance for this clever funky treatment of the nursery rhyme. CURTIS FULLER's arrangement features the original Walton/Merrit groove line behind the solos.
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Tenor Sax, Alto Sax
3rd part: Trombone, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
This impressive, funky rendition of the nursery rhyme is full of phrases extended to feature the drummer (Art Blakey on the recording) as well as interesting reharmonizations of the melody. Some of the rhythmic curveballs make this surprisingly tricky, but not difficult.
SOLOS: The solo section alternates 12 bars on one chord with a 4-bar sequence of II-Vs. These changes are suitable for improvisers of any ability level.
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CURTIS FULLER (b. 1934). Possibly the greatest trombonist-composer since J.J. Johnson, Curtis is one of the many great Detroit bop players, including Tommy Flanagan, Paul Chambers, and Hank Jones, all of whom he recorded with. After stints with Cannonball Adderley, Kenny Burrell and Miles Davis, he joined the Golson-Farmer Jazztet ('59-60) and was with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers ('62-65) in a group that included Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard and Cedar Walton. Except for tours with Dizzy Gillespie ('68) and Count Basie ('75-78), Curtis has freelanced since the mid '60s and has played on scores of albums as both a leader and a sideman, frequently with his fellow Jazztet and Messenger alums. Curtis was influenced by his friend, John Coltrane, and can be heard on the classic "Blue Train" album.
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