Recorded by ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS on ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Impulse: MCAD 33103 / Blue Note CDP 7 971902 / Recorded April 12, 1981
JAMES WILLIAMS' tribute to his predecessor Bobby Timmons, this funk-shuffle piece features piano.
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
CONDENSED SCORE [JRTS]*
This melody is based almost entirely on a simple blues scale that's full of interesting harmonies and great dynamic moments. It'll take some practice to navigate the harmonies without compromising the groove and to maximize all the dynamic variations.
SOLOS: The changes are based on II-V progressions in a minor key and its relative major, but the real interest lies in the skillful use of chromatic II-Vs which can catch even an experienced player off guard in the midst such a deceptively simple groove format.
* Jazz Repertory Transcription Series = includes chord voicings, bass lines, drum fills and melody line cues in rhythm section parts.
James Williams Magic Trio 1 (EmArcy 832 859)
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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