Recorded by GEOFF KEEZER / KENNY RAMPTON / STEVE ARMOUR on WHILE YOU WERE HERE
unreleased / Recorded January 26, 1994
BIG BAND INSTRUMENTATION
Flute 1 (Alto Sax 1)
Flute 2 (Alto Sax 2)
Flute 3 (Tenor Sax 1)
Tenor Sax 2
Bass Trombone (optional Tuba)
This beautiful composition is realized in a rich, colorful treatment by Geoff Keezer. Alto saxes and 1st tenor sax double on flutes, baritone sax doubles on bass clarinet, the 4th trumpet plays flugelhorn and the bass trombone part can be played on tuba if preferred. This arrangement is written for advanced ensembles.
James Williams "Alter Ego" Sunnyside 1007
JAMES WILLIAMS (b. 1951). After teaching at Berklee for 3 years, James joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in 1977 (in a group that included
Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Watson and Billy Pierce), where he played piano on 10 separate recordings. Since 1981, he has recorded more than 20 albums as a leader and another 20 as a sideman, many of which he also produced. He records his compositions in various settings, including vocal arrangements with the Boys Choir of Harlem and his new group, Intensive Care Unit. He has taught at the Hartt conservatory, was an artist-in-residence at Harvard and Dartmouth and continues to conduct clinics across the country and in Europe. James organized a 5-piano tour, "The Key Players," and produces critically acclaimed artist tributes at New York's Merkin Concert Hall. A "musician's musician," James' compositions such as Alter Ego, Fourplay, and Old Times Sake have been recorded by many Jazz greats including Blakey, Gary Burton, Art Farmer, Tommy Flanagan, Roy Hargrove, Clifford Jordan and T.S. Monk.
Geoff Keezer completed his jazz education as pianist with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Already an in-demand jazz veteran, Geoff recorded his first album as a leader (featuring several of his own compositions) when he was 17. He has recorded with Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Farmer, Roy Hargrove and his mentor, James Williams, among others.
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