Recorded by JAMES WILLIAMS on ALTER EGO
Sunnyside: SSC 1007 / Recorded July 19 & 20, 1984
This album features compositions by DONALD BROWN and JAMES WILLIAMS, and other musicians who have since become top contemporary jazz figures.
1st part: Alto Sax, Trumpet, C treble clef
2nd part: Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, Trombone
3rd part: Guitar, Tenor Sax, Trombone, Baritone Sax
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
The tricky starts and stops for the rhythm section, the challenging chord changes, the horn lines full of quirky rhythms, the little flurries of notes that seem to come out of nowhere - it all brings the namesake of this Thelonious Monk tribute to mind. This is a challenge for the entire ensemble.
SOLOS: The changes remain several measures in a key center before going somewhere else, so even though they go by rather fast (most chords get only three beats at the moderately fast waltz tempo), a soloist can get inside the progression and go beyond simply outlining the changes.
Mulgrew Miller/Hand In Hand (Novus 63153)
This arrangement was also released on James Williams/Progress Report (Sunnyside SSC 1012)
DONALD BROWN (b. 1954). Like his friend and fellow Memphian, James Williams, whom he replaced as pianist in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Donald is a noted composer, educator and recording artist. After teaching at Berklee for 5 years, Donald moved to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Particularly active in the 1980s, his compositions, including contemporary standards like Affaire D'Amour, New York, and The Insane Asylum have been recorded by Wynton Marsalis, Art Blakey, Art Farmer, Donald Byrd, Mulgrew Miller, T.S. Monk and many others.
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