Recorded by JACK WALRATH on MASTER OF SUSPENSE
Blue Note: CDP 7 46905 2 / Recorded September 19, 1986
Since emerging from Charles Mingus' group in the 1970s, trumpeter JACK WALRATH has earned a reputation as an adventuresome composer and arranger.
1st part: Trumpet
2nd part: Alto Sax
4th part: Trombone
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums
A piano/bass line serves as a counterpoint to the melody which is played by the trumpet the first time. The rest of the ensemble enters soon after repeating the melody and counter line, the two saxes reinforcing the former and the trombone joining the latter. This is the least structured of Walrath's arrangements, but it still contains plenty of inventive melodic and harmonic content as well as some interesting backgrounds behind the solos.
SOLOS: The solos are over some unusual, modern chord changes, but they're no problem with a little preparation. There are backgrounds behind the trumpet and trombone solos that consist mostly of long notes in order to allow maximum rhythmic freedom for the soloist.
JACK WALRATH (b. 1946). Although he has since recorded many albums as a leader, trumpeter Jack Walrath is still best known for his work with Charles Mingus (1974-79) where he contributed orchestrations to the ailing bassist's final recordings and Mingus Dynasty, which kept the flame alive with alumni like Jimmy Knepper and Dannie Richmond.
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