B.G.'s Holiday – Gigi Gryce
A swinging 64-measure AABA song that visits several keys. The melodic and harmonic motions are characteristic Gigi. A transcription of Art Farmer's trumpet solo is available.
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- Recording: Benny Golson - New York Scene
- Recorded on: October 14, 1957
- Label: Contemporary (C 3552)
- Concert Key: A-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Art Farmer
- Tenor Sax - Benny Golson
- Piano - Wynton Kelly
- Bass - Paul Chambers
- Drums - Charli Persip
There is a rhythm section intro which establishes the key of A♭, even though the beginning of the head doesn't! The intro is shown in all editions. The solo changes are similar to the head, but swinging all the way through. There is a "shout chorus" for the first half of the A section; on the recording it is played on the second A section of the piano solo, but it could also be used on the first A section. On our lead sheets, the second half of the A section in the solo changes is labeled X, shown as the place to go back to after the "shout" section.
We have second parts and a condensed score available for the two-horn arrangement. On the second parts, we indicate where it is unison, octaves, or harmony with the first part.
This album also includes Ray Bryant's Something In B-Flat as well as a nonet arrangement of Gigi's Capri.
November 28, 1925 – March 17, 1983
Gigi Gryce was a fine altoist in the 1950s, but it was his writing skills, both composing and arranging (including composing the standard Minority) that were considered most notable. After growing up in Hartford, CT, and studying at the Boston Conservatory and in Paris, Gryce worked in New York with Max Roach, Tadd Dameron, and Clifford Brown. He toured Europe in 1953 with Lionel Hampton and led several sessions in France on that trip. Read more...