Recorded by JAMES WILLIAMS on PROGRESS REPORT
Sunnyside: SSC 1012 / Recorded May 22 & 24, 1985
1st part: Alto Sax, Trumpet, C treble clef
2nd part: Guitar, Alto Sax,Tenor Sax
3rd part: Tenor Sax, Trombone, Baritone Sax
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
Because the melody and chord changes contain plenty of space, this arrangement is playable by any moderately skilled group when performed at a slightly slower, more comfortable tempo. At the recorded tempo, this arrangement would challenge any group of musicians regardless of their skill and experience.
SOLOS: The chord changes move rather slowly, with only one chord encompassing the entire A section, and chords changing every 1 or 2 measures during the B section. These are excellent changes for musicians without much experience with uptempo soloing because they're easy to hear and they don't go by too fast.
Art Farmer/Blame It On My Youth (Contemporary 14042)
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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