Blast Off – Bill Barron
This simple minor blues shout with stop-time rhythm section figures shows a bit of the funky side of Bill Barron.
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- Recording: Bill Barron - Tenor Stylings Of Bill Barron
- Recorded on: February 21, 1961
- Label: Savoy (MG 12160)
- Concert Key: F minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Trumpet - Ted Curson
- Tenor Sax - Bill Barron
- Piano - Kenny Barron
- Bass - Jimmy Garrison
- Drums - Frankie Dunlop
The harmonic content of the stop-time hits is a little unusual. Each hit on the first four measures has C in the bass, and the changes here are essentially a II-V7-I over this dominant pedal. The first chord is the same as Cm(maj7), but with its pedal-point function it's written as G augmented over C. The IV chord in these hits has the same quality, B♭m(maj7).
On the recording, the trumpet and tenor sax play the melody in octaves. This is rather high for trumpet, and the melody could be played an octave lower—but the upper octave is very effective for the exclamatory quality of the melody.
March 27, 1927 – September 21, 1989
Philadelphia-born tenor saxophonist Bill Barron was also a gifted composer. His first record date was with Cecil Taylor in 1959. In November of that year he recorded Interpretation with drummer Philly Joe Jones on the Riverside label. Barron continued to perform and record with Jones through 1960. In 1961 he started recording as a leader for Savoy records and began his association with trumpeter Ted Curson which resulted in several more recordings. Barron also had a successful career as an educator in the NY area, directing a jazz workshop at the Children's Museum in Brooklyn, and teaching at City College of New York, before leaving the city to become the chairman of the music department at Wesleyan University. He also introduced his younger brother, pianist Kenny Barron, to the jazz recording world and featured him on most of his own recordings. Read more...