Recorded by T.S. MONK on THE CHARM
Blue Note: CDP7 89575 2 / Recorded in September, 1994
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Alto Sax, Tenor Sax
3rd part: Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trombone
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
This challenging melody is made significantly more playable for horns by giving each line to whichever instrument or combination of instruments is best suited to it. You'll be surprised at the ease with which an ensemble can tackle such a daunting composition. The rhythm section is also given an active role in the statement of the melody, highlighting the peaks of some lines as well as the beginnings and endings of phrases rather than simply assuming a subordinate role. Although this arrangement requires strong individual and ensemble playing skills from each musician, it makes the band sound as good as possible on a very challenging tune.
SOLOS: The solos are over comfortable bebop changes that stay mostly in the tonic key.
BUDDY MONTGOMERY (b. 1930) Although he and his brother, bassist Monk Montgomery, were overshadowed by their brother, the legendary guitarist Wes Montgomery, Buddy Montgomery has long been a valued stylist on both piano and vibes. In addition to recording several albums as a leader and with his brothers, Buddy has been active in the San Francisco/Oakland Jazz scene since the early Eighties.
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