Recorded by T.S. MONK on CHANGING OF THE GUARD
Blue Note: CDP7 89050 2 / Recorded February 8-10 & 13, 1993
Kenny Dorham would have been proud of this tribute--it has the real K.D. sound!
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
The first part (trumpet on the recording) is featured prominently in the statement of the melody, with the second part (alto on the recording) taking over briefly for the first half of the bridge. When contrasted against the Latin feel of the A and C sections, the B section's swing is particularly effective. Porcelli capitalizes on this by drawing on his vast knowledge of both jazz and Latin music to find just the right lines for each instrument to highlight these stylistic differences. There's no better arrangement to firmly establish in a young player's mind the different characteristics of straight ahead and Latin jazz.
SOLOS: The solo changes, which are loosely based on the changes to Alone Together, are rewarding to play and generate some additional interest with their irregular phrase lengths.
BOB PORCELLI (b. 1937). Versatile alto-saxophonist and composer Bob Porcelli has been active in Jazz and Latin music in New York City for over 30 years. He has been featured with the bands of Tito Puente (since 1966), as well as Machito, Tito Rodriguez, Eddie Palmieri, Joe Henderson, Mongo Santamaria, Celia Cruz, Charlie Rouse and Buddy Rich. His recent work can be heard with the Bronx Horns and the T.S. Monk Sextet, both of which have recorded his compositions and arrangements, including Greenhouse and K.D.
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