Black Diamond – Milton Sealey
Associated with Rahsaan Roland Kirk, this is Milton Sealey's most well-known composition. It's a simple, melodic 32-measure song in 3/4 that moves between relative minor and major keys.
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- Recording: Roland Kirk - Rip, Rig And Panic
- Recorded on: January 13, 1965
- Label: Limelight (LM 82027)
- Concert Key: D minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: 3/4 swing (medium up)
- Manzello - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
- Piano - Jaki Byard
- Bass - Richard Davis
- Drums - Elvin Jones
For those of you who aren't familiar with the marvelous pianist/composer Milton Sealey, check out the vocal version, The Dragonfly And The Pearl, where Milton is the pianist creating all the wonderful fills around singer Jeri Brown.
Rahsaan's recording took place at Rudy Van Gelder's Englewood Cliffs recording studio. At that time the new studio had been operational for just about five years, and the room was wide open, not divided by isolation booths.
Pianist/composer Harris Simon recorded Black Diamond in 2004, on his "Tuesday Night At Cary Street" CD (hear the clip: clip).
Bebe Herring and vocalist Roberta Gambarini wrote a lyric to Black Diamond in 2000. It was recorded by Canadian vocalist Jeri Brown titled The Dragonfly And The Pearl (available here).
Wayne Shorter's Black Diamond, a completely different tune, was recorded in 1959.