Recorded by T.S. MONK on THE CHARM
Blue Note CDP 0777 7 89575 2 / Recorded in September, 1994
||medium up swing
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Alto Sax, C treble clef
3rd part: Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trombone, C treble clef
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
This composition gets its name from the predominant use of the 4th interval. Ever since this arrangement was added to the T.S. Monk Bank library, Monk has invariably called it to open the sets. His reasoning--it swings hard and gets you into the spirit of playing music. At the suggested tempo this arrangement is at least medium difficult, but at a slower tempo like medium swing it's a good exercise in the fourth interval for inexperienced players. With 3 C treble clef parts, the arrangement can be played by 3 flutes or 3 guitars.
SOLOS: The chord progression is not difficult: II-Vs, successive dominants and I chords.
RODGERS GRANT (b. 1935) Pianist Rodgers Grant is best known for his work with Mongo Santamaria in the 1960s, where, for a time, Herbie Hancock was his substitute. His composition Morning Star has been frequently recorded by Stan Getz, Hubert Laws, Ralph Moore and others. He was a co-writer of the pop hit Yeh Yeh which is sometimes featured in film and TV soundtracks. Sonny Fortune, Groove Holmes, T.S. Monk, and Mongo are among the other Jazz artists who have recorded his compositions.
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