Recorded by BOBBY WATSON on TAILOR MADE
Columbia: CK 53416 / Recorded in December, 1992
Bobby Watson's arrangements have impressed jazz educators worldwide for their infectious melodies, complex harmonies, independent parts within solid ensemble writing, and - particularly - their playability. Though written for professionals, these charts are playable by junior high, middle school and high school jazz bands. Bobby features them at his clinics where they are always enthusiastically received.
BIG BAND INSTRUMENTATION
Alto Sax 1
Alto Sax 2
Tenor Sax 1
Tenor Sax 2
Exciting uptempo swing with alternating stop-time rhythm in the melodic statements. The ensemble writing is particularly beautiful. This chart can be opened up for solos.
Superblue/Superblue (Blue Note CDP7 91731 2)
29th Street Sax Quartet/Your Move (Antilles 314 512 524-2)
BOBBY WATSON (b. 1953). One of the most gifted composers and arrangers in Jazz today, versatile alto-saxophonist Bobby Watson has recorded his compositions on more than 30 albums in diverse settings from sax quartets as a member of the 29th Street Saxophone Quartet, to combos with his group Horizon, to his "Tailor Made" big band. After receiving his degree in music theory and composition from the University of Miami, Bobby completed his jazz education in the late '70s as a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers where he served as music director for 2 years in a group that included Wynton Marsalis, James Williams, Billy Pierce and Charles Fambrough. A recipient of an NEA grant for composition and a frequent clinician across the country, Bobby's works such as Appointment In Milano, Wheel Within A Wheel, Conservation and Beatitudes have been recorded by Blakey, Wynton Marsalis, Kevin Mahogany, T.S. Monk and others.
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