Recorded by GRACHAN MONCUR III on EVOLUTION
Blue Note: CDP 7 84153 2 / Recorded November 21, 1963
GRACHAN MONCUR III's first album as a leader still gets attention today for its innovative compositions by the leader. The personnel was saxophonist Jackie McLean's working group of the period, plus Blue Note hero Lee Morgan on trumpet. Monk In Wonderland features shifting meters, while The Coaster is a straight-ahead swinger, more recently recorded by Kevin Mahogany with Grachan's lyrics.
1st part: Trombone, Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Trombone
Rhythm Section: Vibes (Piano), Bass, Drums, Guitar
The challenging melody which features changing meters, long stretches of parallel seconds in the horns and tricky hits in the rhythm section makes this a piece that shows off the depth and musicianship of an ensemble as a whole. In spite of its frequent meter changes and tough chord progression, this arrangement is very easy to listen to and will go over with even the most conservative jazz audience.
SOLOS: The inherent difficulty of the unconventional changes and ever-changing time signatures is eased by the moderate tempo but should provide a considerable challenge even for an experienced improviser.
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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