Autumn Colors – Don Friedman
This light-toned modal song combines a simple, subtle melody and a driving bass ostinato. Don's solo piano arrangement is available; it's based on what he plays on the recording.
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- Recording: Don Friedman - Waltz For Marilyn
- Recorded on: March 3 & 4, 2007
- Label: Jazz Excursion (110)
- Concert Key: G minor, No key center
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Even 8ths (medium)
- Guitar - Peter Bernstein
- Piano - Don Friedman
- Bass - Martin Wind
- Drums - Tony Jefferson
The solo changes are slightly different, with passing chords—mostly II-V7s—at the end of each section. In the solos on the recording, the bass plays a loose 2-feel based on the ostinato from the head. There is an intro that starts with solo piano playing the bass line for eight measures, with the bass and drums joining for eight more measures. The intro bass line is vamped for a drum solo before the out head, and the end vamps the bass line again.
A two-stave Piano and Bass part is available that shows the melody with the bass ostinato. We also have Don's solo piano arrangement, which shows the voicings; click on the Piano Corner tab for more details.
Check out Don's articulation of the bass line on the recording. He really plays the eighth notes short on beat 3 of the first measure, giving the bass line a particular rhythmic drive. Our C treble clef lead sheet is written for guitar in the higher octave, as played by Peter Bernstein on the recording.
Don's Solo Piano Arrangement has the same right hand voicings on the long notes of the melody that he plays on the recording. Each of these voicings is a third on top of a second, for example (top to bottom) D-B♭-A for the first one. The left hand continues the bass ostinato throughout. Pedal markings are included; the second measure of the bass ostinato is pedaled. The ending adds an extra little bit of melody that winds down to the final left hand notes.
May 4, 1935 – June 30, 2016
Don Friedman was only four years old, living in San Francisco, when he started playing his parents' piano. A year later, he started lessons with a private teacher. His love for jazz music was born when he moved to L.A. and heard the likes of Les Brown and Lee Konitz for the first time. Read more...