Recorded by BOBBY WATSON on Love Remains
Red Records: 123212 / Recorded on November 13, 1986
||Medium up Latin (Calypso)
from Bobby Watson
For the finale [of the BOBBY WATSON SET], I have chosen a song written for my son Aaron entitled Ode for Aaron. It was originally recorded and performed in the quartet or quintet mode. Don has once again come up with a highly effective sextet arrangement. This piece is a Calypso, which moves in and out of swing. The tempo may be moved up or down with great effect although I recommend the former.
Before rehearsing this piece, take a moment to count the number of bars-you'll be surprised. This will also help the performer to hear the piece, which has no bridge. It was inspired by Wayne Shorter's composition E.S.P. It's a simple straightforward statement meant to be played as one big crescendo.
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, C treble clef
3rd part: Trombone, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, C treble clef
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
BOBBY WATSON (b. 1953). One of the most gifted composers and arrangers in Jazz today, versatile alto-saxophonist Bobby Watson has recorded his compositions on more than 30 albums in diverse settings from sax quartets as a member of the 29th Street Saxophone Quartet, to combos with his group Horizon, to his "Tailor Made" big band. After receiving his degree in music theory and composition from the University of Miami, Bobby completed his jazz education in the late '70s as a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers where he served as music director for 2 years in a group that included Wynton Marsalis, James Williams, Billy Pierce and Charles Fambrough. A recipient of an NEA grant for composition and a frequent clinician across the country, Bobby's works such as Appointment In Milano, Wheel Within A Wheel, Conservation and Beatitudes have been recorded by Blakey, Wynton Marsalis, Kevin Mahogany, T.S. Monk and others.
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