Recorded by O.T.B. (Out Of The Blue) on SPIRAL STAIRCASE
Blue Note: CDP 7 93006 2 / Recorded January 24 & 25, 1989
This edition of OTB features pianist RENEE ROSNES, who has been featured with J.J. Johnson and saxophonists Joe Henderson and Wayne Shorter as well as on her own records for Blue Note. These sextets by Rosnes and Mossman are challenging but accessible, and give a good presentation of contemporary jazz harmonies.
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
A simple blues melody is set in a maze of twists and turns: sudden dynamic shifts, a totally independent line in the third part, an intro that starts with the first 2 horn parts and gradually adds one voice at a time, and many unusual orchestral combinations. If your group hasn't mastered the art of playing independently within an ensemble, they'll be much closer after tackling this one.
SOLOS: In keeping with the overall nature of the arrangement, the solo changes contrast a straight-ahead bluesy A section with a demanding, harmonically complex bridge.
MICHAEL PHILIP MOSSMAN (b. 1959) Trumpeter Michael Mossman first came to prominence in the group "Out of The Blue" (OTB) which recorded on Blue Note. Since then, he has recorded albums as a leader, played for several years with Horace Silver and has been a first-call section player and soloist for numerous big bands, including those led by Gerry Mulligan, Dizzy Gillespie, Slide Hampton, Mario Bauza, Chico O'Farrill and others.
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