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. The 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
Intricate counterpoint, lush voicings, complex harmonies, and a modern melody are merged into a chart that's very enjoyable to perform. This is a great choice for incorporating modern harmony into a performance without becoming inaccessible to an audience.
SOLOS: The changes are similar to those in much of today's Latin music and they encourage beautiful spontaneous melodies. They are full of colorful extensions and unusual root movements that give a skilled improviser lots of interesting raw material to work with as well as a good introduction to modern harmony for a less experienced soloist.
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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