Recorded by JACK WALRATH on MASTER OF SUSPENSE
Blue Note: CDP 7 46905 2 / Recorded September 19, 1986
||Medium up (calypso)
Since emerging from Charles Mingus' group in the 1970s, trumpeter JACK WALRATH has earned a reputation as an adventuresome composer and arranger.
1st part: Trumpet
2nd part: Alto Sax
3rd part: Tenor Sax
4th part: Trombone
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums
Like in Children, Walrath takes a simple melody and harmonizes it with interesting triadic harmonies that change its character entirely. This time, however, he couples the melody with an infectious calypso groove and some piano, bass, and trombone unisons that serve as an effective counterpoint to this catchy melody. There's a full ensemble chorus as well as some rhythmic melody and background figures that will result in an entertaining, musically rewarding performance.
SOLOS: There are brief trumpet and piano solos, both of which proceed most of the way through the chorus repeating a simple three chord figure and finish with a phrase of more involved - but not difficult - changes.
JACK WALRATH (b. 1946). Although he has since recorded many albums as a leader, trumpeter Jack Walrath is still best known for his work with Charles Mingus (1974-79) where he contributed orchestrations to the ailing bassist's final recordings and Mingus Dynasty, which kept the flame alive with alumni like Jimmy Knepper and Dannie Richmond.
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