Recorded by ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS on ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Impulse: MCAD 33103 / Blue Note CDP 7 971902 / Recorded April 12, 1981
Ms. B.C. is dedicated to vocalist Betty Carter, whose combos have also been a fertile training ground for future jazz greats. Check out the big band arrangement of this composition, recorded by Bobby Watson.
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 uptempo swinger presents a rhythmically challenging melody and a unique set of chord changes that are easy to listen to and fun to play once they've been mastered. This piece generates energy with short phrases that begin and end in unusual places throughout the A section and then smoothes out for the bridge only to resume the rhythmically-agitated feel again for the final A.
SOLOS: The changes are unusual and will require some study, especially to play at the recorded tempo. However, most chords get two bars, and they are all closely related and easy to hear after a little practice.
* Jazz Repertory Transcription Series includes chord voicings, bass lines, drum fills and cued melody lines in rhythm section parts.
Art Blakey/The History Of Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers (Blue Note 97190)
Bobby Watson/Tailor Made (Columbia 53416)
PAMELA BASKIN-WATSON (b. 1953) After studying piano on full scholarship at Kansas City Community College, Pam continued her studies at the U. of Miami in piano, theory and composition. Pam is also an excellent lyricist and vocal arranger.
Her gift for composition was quickly recognized by the Jazz Messenger, Art Blakey, who first recorded Pam's Ms. B.C. Her compositions have also been recorded by Bobby Watson, Roy Hargrove, Betty Carter, Victor Lewis, Kevin Mahogany and others.
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