Recorded by JACK WALRATH on MASTER OF SUSPENSE
Blue Note: CDP 7 46905 2 / Recorded September 19, 1986
Since emerging from Charles Mingus' group in the 1970s, trumpeter JACK WALRATH has earned a reputation as an adventuresome composer and arranger.
1st part: Trumpet
2nd part: Alto Sax
4th part: Trombone
Optional 4th part: Baritone
Sax Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums
This tonally-advanced Monk tribute begins with individual lines for each member of the ensemble that fit together into a quirky statement of the melody. Then the horns come together and play in more concerted rhythm, but the music's otherworldly quality is maintained through unusual harmonies and permutations of the melodic material.
SOLOS: In contrast to the rest of the chart, the changes are characteristic modern jazz changes full of dominant 7 chords and typical harmonic movement. The changes should be no problem for a soloist reasonably familiar with Monk's music and advanced bebop harmony.
JACK WALRATH (b. 1946). Although he has since recorded many albums as a leader, trumpeter Jack Walrath is still best known for his work with Charles Mingus (1974-79) where he contributed orchestrations to the ailing bassist's final recordings and Mingus Dynasty, which kept the flame alive with alumni like Jimmy Knepper and Dannie Richmond.
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