Recorded by T.S. MONK on CHANGING OF THE GUARD
Blue Note: CDP7 89050 2 / Recorded February 8-10 & 13, 1993
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
This show-stopping sextet treatment of Donald Brown's challenging uptempo swing maintains many of the same features of the quintet arrangement including the tasteful blend of unisons, blistering lines in three part harmony, and independent lines. It also maintains the exposed piano figure in the head.
SOLOS: An excellent way to expose accomplished improvisers to irregular forms and unusual harmonic devices. The first section is modal, while the second contains challenging chords over a pedal tone, and the short transition between the two sections is composed of II-Vs.
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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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