Recorded by ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS on REFLECTIONS IN BLUE
Timeless Records: SJP 128 (Gowi: CD SJP 128) / Recorded December 4, 1978
This JAMES WILLIAMS contribution to the Jazz Messenger book is in the trademark Blakey "shuffle" style.
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 bluesy shuffle features a piano and bass unison against the melody which is set in rich 3-part harmony for the horns. Several places highlight the effective use of dynamics. The rhythm parts, which only have 2 simple ensemble figures with the horns, are free to focus on the groove which is this arrangement's most important element.
SOLOS: The solos are based on a simple I to IV progression that moves into the cycle of fourths and back. These are great standard groove changes.
* Jazz Repertory Transcription Series = includes chord voicings, written bass lines, drum fills and melody line cues in rhythm section parts.
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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