Recorded by DON SICKLER on NIGHT WATCH
Uptown: UPCD 27.39 / Recorded September 19 & 21, 1990
||Medium up swing
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax
2nd part: Alto Sax, Tenor Sax
3rd part: Tenor Sax, Trombone
4th part: Trombone, Baritone Sax
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
Careful coordination between the front line and the rhythm section are the keys to fully realizing the musical potential of this medium uptempo swinger that was a favorite of Art Blakey's. The rhythm section doesn't break into a steady time feel until almost the end of this extended 62-bar form, and when it does, it's only for a few bars in a Latin feel instead of the swing feel that characterizes most of the composition. Throughout most of this first chorus, the rhythm section's activities consist of setting up and complimenting the rhythmic figures of the melody. There is also a challenging extended full ensemble section that seamlessly melds into the final iteration of the head.
SOLOS: The solo changes consist of a slightly shortened 52 bar form, that consists of very playable changes. They connect to one another in a very logical and intuitive way, making them good for soloists of all ability levels.
Art Blakey/All Star Messengers Caravan (RVC R32J 1054)
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Steve Berrios/First World (Milestone 9234)
WALTER DAVIS, JR. (1932-1990) A protege of Thelonious Monk, Walter Davis, Jr. has a small but distinguished discography. As a leader, he recorded the classic "Davis Cup" session on Blue Note and a well-regarded solo piano album of Thelonious Monk compositions. He also toured and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie's big band, Donald Byrd, Sonny Rollins, 2 separate tours of duty with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and the repertory group featuring Tadd Dameron's music, Dameronia.
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