Recorded by RALPH MOORE on IMAGES
Landmark: LCD 1520 2 / Recorded December 15 & 17, 1988
QUINTET & SEXTET PARTS ARE INCLUDED
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Tenor Sax-Quintet, Tenor Sax, Alto Sax
3rd part: Guitar, Tenor Sax, Trombone, Baritone Sax
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
This arrangement combines the rhythms and some structural aspects of Latin music with Donald Brown's advanced harmonic language. The rhythm section maintains a montuno bass line much of the time and is often exposed with 2- and 4-bar drum solos around comping figures and some impressive piano/bass unisons. The horns alternate carrying the melody with playing repeated figures underneath the rhythm section. This is a great tool for teaching the rhythm section how to come in and out of the foreground.
SOLOS: The greater part of the solo changes, which consists mostly of II-Vs and chords that continue for at least 4 bars, will not pose a problem for most improvisers. However, the few measures that feature some of Brown's more characteristic harmonic gymnastics may require some attention.
also recorded as a sextet on James Williams/Progress Report (Sunnyside SSC 1012)
DONALD BROWN (b. 1954). Like his friend and fellow Memphian, James Williams, whom he replaced as pianist in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Donald is a noted composer, educator and recording artist. After teaching at Berklee for 5 years, Donald moved to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Particularly active in the 1980s, his compositions, including contemporary standards like Affaire D'Amour, New York, and The Insane Asylum have been recorded by Wynton Marsalis, Art Blakey, Art Farmer, Donald Byrd, Mulgrew Miller, T.S. Monk and many others.
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