Recorded by JACKIE MCLEAN on ONE STEP BEYOND
Blue Note: CDP7 46821-2 / Recorded March 1, 1963
||Medium swing (waltz)
Front Line: E-flat, B-flat, C treble clef, C bass clef
Rhythm Section: Vibes (Piano),Bass, Drums, Guitar
This waltz is quite unusual, as you would imagine from the title. The horn melody is accompanied by written-out parts for the Vibes (or Piano) and Bass and the Drums. It starts with a double time feel; the bridge is in a 9/8 feel. This arrangement allows you to take a step toward the avant-garde.
SOLOS: These solo changes are a good example of planing chords that move up and down by half and whole steps instead of according to the rules of traditional harmony. These changes are paticularly good for encouraging motivic development and are perfect for a young improviser who's ready for the next big step.
GRACHAN MONCUR, III (b. 1937), Although trombonist Grachan Moncur, III, has had a long and varied career, he remains best known for his groundbreaking work from the mid 1960s, a blending of hard bop and free Jazz. His two Blue Note albums from the period, "Evolution" (with Jackie McLean and Lee Morgan) and "Some Other Stuff" are well known. Grachan, who was once Ray Charles' music director, also recorded several albums with McLean as well as with Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson and others. A composer at home in both the straight-ahead bop school (recording with the Benny Golson-Art Farmer Jazztet) and the avant-garde (his own albums on Blue Note), trombonist GRACHAN MONCUR III also recorded with saxophonists Wayne Shorter and Archie Shepp, among others.
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