Recorded by GRACHAN MONCUR III on EVOLUTION
Blue Note: CDP 7 84153 2 / Recorded November 21, 1963
GRACHAN MONCUR III's first album as a leader still
gets attention today for its innovative compositions by the leader. The personnel was saxophonist Jackie McLean's working group of the period, plus Blue Note hero Lee Morgan on trumpet. Monk In Wonderland features shifting meters, while The Coaster is a straight-ahead swinger, more recently recorded by Kevin Mahogany with Grachan's lyrics.
Trumpet (Tenor Sax), Alto Sax (Baritone Sax), C treble clef
2nd part: Trumpet, Alto Sax,Tenor Sax
3rd part: Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Trombone
Rhythm Section: Vibes (Piano), Bass, Drums,
This straight-ahead swinger features some unusual but fairly easy changes. The catchy melody is played by the first part (Moncur's trombone on the recording) while the other two parts provide mostly rhythmic commentary in the background. This arrangement moves back and forth between swing and Latin.
SOLOS: The changes are unique but not difficult. There aren't any II-Vs and each chord gets at least a bar.
Kevin Mahogany/Songs And Moments (Enja 8072)
GRACHAN MONCUR, III (b. 1937), Although trombonist Grachan Moncur, III, has had a long and varied career, he remains best known for his groundbreaking work from the mid 1960s, a blending of hard bop and free Jazz. His two Blue Note albums from the period, "Evolution" (with Jackie McLean and Lee Morgan) and "Some Other Stuff" are well known. Grachan, who was once Ray Charles' music director, also recorded several albums with McLean as well as with Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson and others. A composer at home in both the straight-ahead bop school (recording with the Benny Golson-Art Farmer Jazztet) and the avant-garde (his own albums on Blue Note), trombonist GRACHAN MONCUR III also recorded with saxophonists Wayne Shorter and Archie Shepp, among others.
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