Recorded by ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS on ART BLAKEY JAZZ MESSENGERS
MCA/Impulse: IMPD 175 / Recorded in 1961
||Uptempo swing (modal)
One of the classic Jazz Messenger sextet recordings of the early '60s, this legendary unit helped establish saxophonist Wayne Shorter and pianist Bobby Timmons in the jazz world. CURTIS FULLER's Alamode is easy enough for beginners, and features modal improvisation.
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, C treble clef
3rd part: Trombone, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, C treble clef
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
This arrangement provides an interesting and moderately challenging head as well as colorful solo backgrounds to modal changes. There are some rhythmic challenges, especially at the recorded tempo, but this arrangement is playable by musicians of most any ability level. It sounds great at slower tempos.
SOLOS: The modal solo changes go for long stretches on one of two chords. This is a great introduction to modal improvising because of numerous backgrounds that can help to maintain energy and interest. Listen to the recording: inexperienced improvisers will be inspired by these great soloists.
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CURTIS FULLER (b. 1934). Possibly the greatest trombonist-composer since J.J. Johnson, Curtis is one of the many great Detroit bop players, including Tommy Flanagan, Paul Chambers, and Hank Jones, all of whom he recorded with. After stints with Cannonball Adderley, Kenny Burrell and Miles Davis, he joined the Golson-Farmer Jazztet ('59-60) and was with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers ('62-65) in a group that included Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard and Cedar Walton. Except for tours with Dizzy Gillespie ('68) and Count Basie ('75-78), Curtis has freelanced since the mid '60s and has played on scores of albums as both a leader and a sideman, frequently with his fellow Jazztet and Messenger alums. Curtis was influenced by his friend, John Coltrane, and can be heard on the classic "Blue Train" album.
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