Recorded by JAMES WILLIAMS on ALTER EGO
Sunnyside: SSC 1007 / Recorded July 19 & 20, 1984
Front Line: B-flat, E-flat, C treble clef, C bass clef
[Clarinet (1st part), Tenor Sax (2nd part), Guitar (3rd part)]
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
Piano voicings by James Williams
FULL SCORE [JRTS]*
This chart is fun to play, with an impressive call and response between the horns and rhythm section that starts on the 2nd part of the form and a transition into a Latin feel for a short time at the end of each chorus. The biggest challenge presented by this uptempo swing arrangement is the section of extended poly-rhythms for the rhythm section which begins and ends the piece. The first horn part was recorded on clarinet and is in unison with the other two instruments in the front line (tenor sax and guitar on the recording) for much of the head.
SOLOS: The solo changes are not easy, but they don't go by too fast. Each chorus ends with a Latin groove under some easy major seventh chords that move in fourths, so no matter what happens, you're assured of a strong ending.
* Jazz Repertory Transcription Series = chord voicings, bass lines and drum fills, melody lines cues in rhythm section parts.
JAMES WILLIAMS (b. 1951). After teaching at Berklee for 3 years, James joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in 1977 (in a group that included
Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Watson and Billy Pierce), where he played piano on 10 separate recordings. Since 1981, he has recorded more than 20 albums as a leader and another 20 as a sideman, many of which he also produced. He records his compositions in various settings, including vocal arrangements with the Boys Choir of Harlem and his new group, Intensive Care Unit. He has taught at the Hartt conservatory, was an artist-in-residence at Harvard and Dartmouth and continues to conduct clinics across the country and in Europe. James organized a 5-piano tour, "The Key Players," and produces critically acclaimed artist tributes at New York's Merkin Concert Hall. A "musician's musician," James' compositions such as Alter Ego, Fourplay, and Old Times Sake have been recorded by many Jazz greats including Blakey, Gary Burton, Art Farmer, Tommy Flanagan, Roy Hargrove, Clifford Jordan and T.S. Monk.
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