Recorded by ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS on LIVE AT MONTREUX AND NORTH SEA: Big Band
Timeless: SJP 150 / Recorded on July 17, 1980
||Medium up swing (3/4)
from Bobby Watson
Wheel Within A Wheel, a jazz waltz, was originally recorded with Art Blakey. In fact, Art is the one who suggested the title for this composition based on the prophet Ezekiel's visions of flying saucers. The modal A section gives the soloist and the rhythm section plenty of room to create before going to the bridge. The round at the end of the piece can serve as a launching pad for spontaneous improvisation by the performers as long as the concept of the round is preserved. This one is requested wherever I appear and is always a crowd pleaser.
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, C treble clef
3rd part: Trombone, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, C treble clef
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
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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