Recorded by ROY HARGROVE on DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH
Novus: 3082 2 N / Recorded in December, 1989
||Medium up Latin
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
This arrangement combines a traditional New Orleans parade beat or street beat with a melody and changes that, while they echo the infectiousness of the underlying groove, are far from traditional. This arrangement sounds impressive without being difficult.
SOLOS: The solo changes are less complicated than those behind the melody and are easy and fun to play over, even for a less experienced improviser. A more experienced player can enjoy stretching out on a single chord for several measures at a time.
GEOFF KEEZER (b. 1970). Geoff studied piano at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and later at Berklee on full scholarship. He completed his jazz education as pianist with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Already an in-demand jazz veteran, Geoff recorded his first album as a leader (featuring several of his own compositions) when he was 17. He has recorded several albums as a leader and many more as a sideman with Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Farmer, Roy Hargrove and his mentor, James Williams, among others.
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