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.
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.