Bird's Nest – Charlie Rouse
This bright "Bird blues" head comes from Charlie Rouse's last studio album.
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- Recording: Charlie Rouse - Soul Mates
- Recorded on: July 7-8, 1988
- Label: Uptown (UP 27.34)
- Concert Key: F
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Claudio Roditi
- Tenor Sax - Charlie Rouse
- Piano - Walter Davis, Jr.
- Bass - Santi Debriano
- Drums - Victor Lewis
On the recording, the trumpet and tenor sax begin the melody in unison and switch to octaves at the pickup to the 6th measure. Our tenor sax and guitar lead sheets show the melody in the tenor's range on the recording. In addition, we have a trombone lead sheet in the same range; the beginning of the melody is difficult on trombone an octave lower, but playable on bass, cello, and other bass clef instruments. Our C bass clef lead sheet is an octave below the C treble clef lead sheet throughout.
Many of Charlie Rouse's compositions are blues, primarily in the key of F but in a wide variety of moods and tempos. Four months before this recording, Rouse played on an album of Charlie Parker songs with the quartet Sphere. This album, released on Verve as "Bird Songs," features one of Parker's F blues heads, Barbados.
For more from "Soul Mates", check out Soft Shoulder and I'm Never Happy Anymore.
April 6, 1924 – November 30, 1988
An instantly recognizable tenor saxophonist, Charlie Rouse became well-known through his work with Thelonious Monk. Rouse played in Monk's quartet from 1958 to 1970; his dry, crackling timbre and bouncy rhythmic feel complemented Monk's music perfectly. Read more...