Bobbie Pin – J.R. Monterose
Bobbie Pin features a melody that weaves through the chord changes with melodic and rhythmic drive.
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- Recording: J.R. Monterose - J.R. Monterose
- Recorded on: October 21, 1956
- Label: Blue Note (BN 1536)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Ira Sullivan
- Tenor Sax - J.R. Monterose
- Piano - Horace Silver
- Bass - Wilbur Ware
- Drums - Philly Joe Jones
On J.R. Monterose's Bobbie Pin, Horace Silver provides a strong accompaniment by using primarily "drop 2" voicings in the lower-middle register of the piano. Also, many of his voicings are built on only the fundamental chord tones, not using any extensions. His use of passing diminished chords as a turnaround at the end of this chorus is slick, and is a handy device for pianists to check out.
The à la series (in the style of) provides a sample chorus of voicings drawn from the song's original recording, but notated as footballs: simple whole notes and half notes, or the basic harmonic rhythm of the chord progression of the solo section. They are also annotated, showing the original chord symbol above the voicing, as well as any extensions below the voicing. The idea is that these voicings could be of varied uses to any level of pianist—a beginner pianist could play the music exactly as on the page and provide a supportive and harmonically hip sounding accompaniment to a soloist, while a more advanced pianist could use these same voicings with varied rhythms in the style of the recording. Ultimately, a pianist would be able to absorb how these voicings were derived from the chord symbols, and then be able to create their own.
January 19, 1927 – September 26, 1993
A tenor saxophonist with a light though penetrating tone and a keen melodic and rhythmic approach, Monterose always brought something special to the bandstand or recording studio. He played extensively with Buddy Rich, Charles Mingus, Kenny Dorham (he recorded with the latter pair) and pianist George Wallington, but he was mostly a leader. Read more...