Blues For Ilean – Eric Dixon
This riff blues head was originally recorded by Count Basie's big band; it has that classic Basie swing. However, our lead sheet comes from Eric Dixon's later sextet recording. Eric's arrangement from this version is available, including a two-chorus "shout" section before the out head.
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- Recording: Eric Dixon - Eric's Edge
- Recorded on: January 25, 1974
- Label: Master Jazz Recordings (MJR 8124)
- Concert Key: F
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Trumpet - Sonny Cohn
- Trombone - Frank Hooks
- Tenor Sax - Eric Dixon
- Piano - Lloyd Mayers
- Bass - Ivan Rolle
- Drums - Bill English
Our audio excerpt starts with the melody, then skips to the shout chorus.
About the arrangement: Second and third parts and a condensed score are available for the sextet arrangement from Eric Dixon's recording. The lead sheet is the first part; guitarists playing the C treble clef lead sheet as a first part should read up an octave. The horns are in octaves on the head—trumpet above, tenor sax and trombone unison below—and are voiced for almost all of the two "shout" choruses. On the recording the trombone has the second part and the tenor the third part. The "shout" chorus melody focuses on the roots of the chords, which are voiced with the 7th a step below and the 3rd below that. This voicing is "side-slipped" up and down, including a smooth chromatic transition between the I and IV chords.
The first recording of this song was by the Count Basie band in 1966. This live recording comes from the same Las Vegas shows as the classic collaboration with Frank Sinatra issued as "Sinatra At The Sands"; it was released in 1998 on "Count Basie Live At The Sands (Before Frank)." Dixon is featured on flute in his own big band arrangement of this song.
"Eric's Edge" was Eric Dixon's only album as a leader. Trumpeter Sonny Cohn and trombonist Frank Hooks played with Dixon in the Basie band. Dixon first recorded with pianist Lloyd Mayers and drummer Bill English on "Walking Down," a Prestige album by trombonist Bennie Green. For another recording of Bill English check out Kenny Burrell's Midnight Blue.
March 28, 1930 – October 19, 1989
Known as "Big Daddy," Eric Dixon was closely associated with Count Basie's big band for much of his career. A unique tenor sax stylist in the tradition of Basie band soloists such as Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Paul Quinichette, Dixon also wrote several arrangements for the band, often featuring himself on both tenor and flute. He was a member of the Basie band from the early '60s through the '80s, staying with the band after the leader's death in 1984. Read more...