Recorded by SUPERBLUE on SUPERBLUE
Blue Note: CDP 7 91731 2 / Recorded April 26, 1988
Like OTB, Blue Note's Superblue recordings feature today's leading contemporary jazz figures.
1st part: Trumpet 1 (Soprano Sax)
2nd part: Trumpet 2, Alto Sax
3rd part: Alto Sax, Tenor Sax
4th part: Tenor Sax, Trombone
5th part: Trombone, Baritone Sax
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
This arrangement contrasts homogenous and more contrapuntal textures, with subtle orchestrations and a long flowing melody set against more rhythmically-active figures. Great for fostering confidence and a sense of independence among less experienced players and a good exercise in navigating shifting textures for more seasoned musicians. This arrangement features a solo background and a full ensemble shout chorus.
SOLOS: The changes can be tough because they go by quickly (especially at the recorded tempo) but the chords themselves are not difficult to play over. There are also some interesting backgrounds for a tenor and an alto solo.
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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