Recorded by O.T.B. (OUT OF THE BLUE) on INSIDE TRACK
Blue Note: CDP 7 46395 2 / Recorded June 19, 1986
OTB (Out Of The Blue) was a young all-star group on the Blue Note label in the 1980s which introduced many of today's leading contemporary jazz figures. MICHAEL PHILIP MOSSMAN, who has since performed with Latin jazz greats Chico O'Farrill (see his big band arrangements) and Mario Bauza, has written for a variety of ensembles and contributed this chart to the OTB book.
Front Line: B-flat, E-flat, C treble clef, C bass clef
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
A melody that starts out sounding very bluesy and gradually unfolds into something more complex, along with some marked dynamic contrasts, are the most memorable elements of this arrangement. A player is challenged to navigate these sinuous lines musically and to exploit fully all the great dynamic contrasts. This is a good chart for fostering new heights in musicality that won't require extensive work on the technical aspects. This arrangement also features a shout chorus that sets up a bass (or piano) solo.
SOLOS: The unusual chord progression, which is full of movements by half-step between chords that don't often occur next to one another, will require some practice, but will pay off by opening soloists' ears to some new harmonic relationships.
MICHAEL PHILIP MOSSMAN (b. 1959) Trumpeter Michael Mossman first came to prominence in the group "Out of The Blue" (OTB) which recorded on Blue Note. Since then, he has recorded albums as a leader, played for several years with Horace Silver and has been a first-call section player and soloist for numerous big bands, including those led by Gerry Mulligan, Dizzy Gillespie, Slide Hampton, Mario Bauza, Chico O'Farrill and others.
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