Recorded by DONALD BROWN on PEOPLE MUSIC
Muse: MCD 5406 / Recorded on March 19 & 21, 1990
Donald Brown performs fellow Memphis-born pianist JAMES WILLIAMS' composition featuring Tom Harrell on trumpet.
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Trombone
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
This uptempo swing arrangement features complicated unisons in the horns. The straightforward rhythm section figures will require intense concentration to execute at the recorded tempo. This one is not for the faint of heart.
SOLOS: The solo changes are challenging and go by very quickly.
JAMES WILLIAMS (b. 1951). After teaching at Berklee for 3 years, James joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in 1977 (in a group that included
Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Watson and Billy Pierce), where he played piano on 10 separate recordings. Since 1981, he has recorded more than 20 albums as a leader and another 20 as a sideman, many of which he also produced. He records his compositions in various settings, including vocal arrangements with the Boys Choir of Harlem and his new group, Intensive Care Unit. He has taught at the Hartt conservatory, was an artist-in-residence at Harvard and Dartmouth and continues to conduct clinics across the country and in Europe. James organized a 5-piano tour, "The Key Players," and produces critically acclaimed artist tributes at New York's Merkin Concert Hall. A "musician's musician," James' compositions such as Alter Ego, Fourplay, and Old Times Sake have been recorded by many Jazz greats including Blakey, Gary Burton, Art Farmer, Tommy Flanagan, Roy Hargrove, Clifford Jordan and T.S. Monk.
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