Recorded by T.S. MONK on TAKE ONE
Blue Note: CDP 7 99614 / Recorded October 16, 1991
The T.S. Monk Sextet's albums on Blue Note display this group's dedication to performing a repertory of modern jazz classics. These two albums feature works by Monk's father, pianist THELONIOUS MONK, one of jazz's most original composers. There are also works by trumpeters IDREES SULIEMAN (who worked with Thelonious Monk and Coleman Hawkins) and TOMMY TURRENTINE (who worked with Jackie McLean and Max Roach), and another great Jazz Messenger pianist, WALTER DAVIS, JR. who has his own album on Blue Note. RONNIE MATHEWS, pianist with T.S. Monk, has recorded albums with Freddie Hubbard, Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Louis Hayes and Sam Jones, as well as his own albums as a leader.
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Alto Sax, Tenor Sax
3rd part: Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trombone
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
Don't let this arrangement's simple Latin beginning fool you. The sudden jump into uptempo swing, with the rhythm section playing a rhythmic figure with the horns, requires confidence and good internal time from every member of the ensemble. After conquering this one, your group is guaranteed to play more cohesively.
SOLOS: Here is a great set of bebop changes full of II-Vs and harmonies that will apply directly to dozens of other titles in the bop/hard bop vein.
Kenny Dorham/Round About Midnight At The Cafe Bohemia (Blue Note 46541)
KENNY DORHAM (1924-1972). A founding member of The Jazz Messengers, along with Art Blakey, Horace Silver and Hank Mobley, Kenny replaced Clifford Brown in Max Roach's Quintet in 1956. Prior to that, he played with Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Eckstine and was part of Charlie Parker's group in 1948-1949. In the 1950s and '60s he made nearly 2 dozen records as a leader, including such Blue Note classics as "Whistle Stop," "Una Mas," and "Trompeta Toccata" (each with compositions of the same name), with sidemen including Joe Henderson, Tommy Flanagan, Paul Chambers, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Hank Jones and Art Taylor. He later studied music at the graduate level at NYU and wrote film scores. His compositions, including Fair Weather, Lotus Blossom, Prince Albert and Blue Bossa, have been recorded by Clark Terry, Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Art Farmer, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Don Friedman, J.J. Johnson, Jimmy Heath, McCoy Tyner, Lou Donaldson, George Benson and by most of his former sidemen, among others.
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