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
3rd part: Tenor Sax
4th part: Trombone
Optional 4th part: Baritone Sax
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums
This homogenous setting of a simple melody with simple but surprising harmonies makes for an unusual piece of music that transforms suddenly from a subdued statement of the theme into a high-energy showcase for some wild and uninhibited solos. There are backgrounds behind the first couple of solos and many drastic changes in timbre and orchestration throughout. A creative group looking to develop a musical personality will have a great time with this one.
SOLOS: The solos range from wild high energy solos over some unusual, but easy, changes to a free solo featuring one horn and the drums that eventually works its way into a frenzied group improvisation.
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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