Blues For Andrew Hill – Jonny King
Jonny King’s tribute to Andrew Hill is a 10-measure slow blues, with an intricate, angular melody reminiscent of Hill’s unique style. Jonny's solo piano arrangement is available.
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- Recording: Jonny King - The Meltdown
- Recorded on: March 11, 1997
- Label: Enja (ENJ 9329)
- Concert Key: F
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (slow)
- Alto Sax - Steve Wilson
- Piano - Jonny King
The changes are essentially II-V7s in each measure, but with a different function: in the opening Fm7 to B♭7, for example, Fm7 is the tonic. These progressions shift around chromatically from F minor (in the fourth measure) and B♭ minor (in the sixth and seventh measures). The last measure of the melody is a break for the first soloist.
Our lead sheet shows Jonny’s intro from the recording, four measures of bluesy turnaround with a more obvious F major quality (the first chord is F6). The ending tags the turnaround of the head three times, with solo breaks, ending in a final Fm6 chord.
Click on the Piano Corner tab for a description of the solo piano arrangement.
One Andrew Hill song with a similar tempo and rhythmic feel to Blues For Andrew Hill is Ghetto Lights from the album “Lift Every Voice.” Check out the 12/8 groove on this one—it could be used when playing Blues For Andrew Hill in an ensemble setting with drums.
born on February 2, 1965
Born in New York City, Jonny King has been making headway on the piano since the age of 9. His exposure to legendary pianists Earl Hines and Teddy Wilson, and an impromptu performance with Dizzy Gillespie at the age of 10, ignited his interest in jazz. Through these connections he began a working as a sideman in the New York clubs as a teenager. In the 1980s he began studying with bebop pianist Tony Aless as well as Mulgrew Miller, who became an important figure in King's life. Read more...