Recorded by DONALD BYRD on GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS
Landmark: LCD 1523 2 / Recorded October 12, 1989
Donald Byrd's early recordings with saxophonists Jackie McLean, John Coltrane and Hank Mobley started his distinguished career as one of jazz's leading trumpeters. Here he's featured with sax great Joe Henderson on a JAMES WILLIAMS-penned groove that has become a trademark of Byrd's style.
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Alto Sax, Tenor Sax,Trombone
3rd part: Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trombone
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
This medium swing is full of little details that will stretch one's musicality. There are intricate counter lines in the second and third parts, complex harmonies, alternation between 2- and 3-part harmony, and specific parts for the rhythm section, all of which are great for teaching many of the advanced concepts that a developing jazz sextet must confront.
SOLOS: The solo changes are complex and unpredictable and they challenge the improviser to think melodically.
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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