Blue Ching – Kenny Dorham
K.D. wrote this stop-time blues head for Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, as a showcase for their trademark dynamic range. Second parts and rhythm section parts are available for this quintet arrangement.
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- Recording: Art Blakey - Freedom Rider
- Recorded on: February 12, 1961
- Label: Blue Note (8-21287-2)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Trumpet - Lee Morgan
- Tenor Sax - Wayne Shorter
- Piano - Bobby Timmons
- Bass - Jymie Merritt
- Drums - Art Blakey
This song's dynamics are integral to the arrangement. The first chorus of the in head has the horns playing the melody, voiced in fourths, with rhythm section responses; it begins softly and builds all the way to the eighth measure. The second chorus uses piano for the melody (in octaves), with horns, bass, and drums responding; this chorus remains relatively soft (rhythm section mf, horns mp) with no crescendo. On this recording, the out head's arrangement is reversed: the first chorus has the piano melody, while the horns take over for the second chorus and coda. We have indicated this in the lead sheet with a double coda sign where the "first" chorus (the chorus with the horns playing the melody) would go to the coda. The single coda sign can also be used if you choose to play the out head the same way as the in head.
Our rhythm section parts (Piano, Bass & Condensed Score for the drummer) show as much as possible what is going on among the other instruments. We feel this is especially important in stop-time songs like this one.
A month after this session, Kenny Dorham made his own recording of Blue Ching with Charles Davis on baritone sax, Grant Green on guitar, Kenny Drew on piano, bassist Wilbur Ware, and drummer Philly Joe Jones. That session, made for Blue Note, has never been released.
August 30, 1924 – December 15, 1972
Trumpeter/composer Kenny Dorham was very much on the jazz scene from the mid-1940s through most of the 1960s. He worked and recorded with all the major figures in the modern jazz movement, which includes the legendary Billy Eckstine big band, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and Max Roach as well as Kenny Clarke, Sonny Stitt, Fats Navarro, J.J. Johnson and many other giants of that period. Read more...