Recorded by ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS on STRAIGHT AHEAD
Concord Jazz: CCD-4168 / SJP 128 / Recorded in June 1981
This is one of the most popular titles performed by the later Jazz Messengers. This unit introduced trumpeter Wynton Marsalis to the jazz world.
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
CONDENSED SCORE [JRTS]*
This arrangement works very well at a moderate tempo, and is playable by any group regardless of their experience. Playing this chart at the recorded tempo would require an experienced, technically-adept group of musicians. The head, featuring the three front-line instruments playing together in close harmony, consists mostly of quarter and half notes and falls within a very comfortable range. There is an optional shout chorus that is considerably more demanding than the head (this composition was originally recorded without it), but it's a great introduction to the chord changes. The chart makes for a great performance even without the shout chorus.
SOLOS: The solo changes, which are the same as those of John Coltrane's Lazybird, are mostly II-Vs which explore a number of less common keys in rapid succession. These changes are playable by a moderately-skilled improviser with some practice and are a great way to gain some experience with less-common II-Vs.
* Jazz Repertory Transcription Series includes chord voicings, bass lines, drum fills and cued melody lines in rhythm section parts.
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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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