Recorded by ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS on CHIPPIN' IN
Timeless: CD SJP 340 / Recorded February 1 & 2, 1990
Three young Jazz Messengers contributed arrangements to this Blakey album: pianist GEOFF KEEZER, saxophonist JAVON JACKSON and trumpeter BRIAN LYNCH have since recorded their own albums as leaders. All these septet arrangements are provided with alternate parts.
1st part: Trumpet
2nd part:Tenor Sax 1, Alto Sax
3rd part: Tenor Sax 2, Trombone
4th part: Trombone, Baritone Sax
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
Featuring a unison melody full of large intervals and unpredictable twists and turns, Byrdflight suddenly relaxes briefly into a subdued waltz-like figure before the energy of the original line resurfaces. The melody, backgrounds and shout chorus contain many of the elements of traditional bebop heads, but with larger intervals and a greater element of unpredictability. It will require some practice, but it's perfect for a technically proficient group looking to push the envelope and give a technically stunning performance.
SOLOS: The chord changes move logically, mostly in major seconds, minor seconds, and perfect fourths, with many harmonic devices to add interest. These changes will require some practice.
Brian Lynch/In Progress (Ken 011)
BRIAN LYNCH (b. 1956) Since moving to New York in 1981, trumpeter Brian Lynch has worked with Horace Silver, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Frank Wess, Eddie Palmieri, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and Phil Woods. He has recorded several albums as a leader.
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