Recorded by MILES DAVIS on MILES DAVIS (VOLUME 2)
Blue Note: CDP 7 81502 2 / Recorded April 20, 1953
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Trombone, Tenor Sax, Alto Sax
3rd part: Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trombone
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
Enigma is a beautiful ballad composed for the entire ensemble with a couple of double-time sections. This ballad features the first horn part (Miles Davis' trumpet on the recording) as well as lush horn backgrounds behind a piano solo. Occasional jumps into a double-time feel make for a cohesive full-ensemble ballad that keeps the listeners' interest.
SOLOS: The solo changes are not difficult and are full of II-Vs that don't always lead where one would expect.
J.J. Johnson/Brass Orchestra (Verve 314 537 321)
Al Haig/Ornithology (Progressive 7024)
Michael Weiss/Presenting Michael Weiss (Criss Cross 1022)
Ralph Moore/Images (Landmark 1520)
J.J. JOHNSON (b. 1924). J.J. is to trombone what Dizzy is to trumpet and Bird is to alto sax. One of the all-time greats and an influence on generations of trombonists, J.J. was accused of playing valve trombone because of his enormous facility and clarity. J.J. has worked with many of jazz's fellow all-stars, including Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Bud Powell and Miles Davis. His recordings with Kai Winding are well-known. With compositional gifts equal to those as a performer, J.J. has written standards like Kelo, Lament and Enigma (recorded by Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Milt Jackson, and others) as well as works for big band and full orchestra. In the '70s he wrote film and TV scores, including "Cleopatra Jones," "Barefoot In The Park," "The Mod Squad," and orchestrations for "Shaft." A member of Downbeat's Hall of Fame, J.J. shows no signs of slowing down, and continues to write, record (most recently a big band date on Verve) and tour.
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