Buffalo Joe – Charlie Shavers
A snappy uptempo "rhythm changes" song in a distinctive swing-to-bop style. Our lead sheets include the two-horn harmonies on the intro and bridge.
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- Recording: Louis Bellson - The Louis Bellson Quintet
- Recorded on: June 21, 1954
- Label: Norgran (MGN 1011)
- Concert Key: F
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (uptempo)
- Trumpet - Charlie Shavers
- Tenor Sax - Zoot Sims
- Piano - Don Abney
- Bass - George Duvivier
- Drums - Louis Bellson
Our lead sheets include the two-horn harmonies on the bridge, which are also played in the intro. These harmonies are wider than an octave; the B♭ lead sheet shows the notes in the appropriate range for trumpet and tenor sax. They certainly work in the same octave instead, and our C bass clef lead sheet shows them that way to avoid having the second part too low.
Charlie Shavers and Louis Bellson first played together in Tommy Dorsey's big band in the 1940s. This quintet session was Charlie's first recording alongside tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims; they also played together on a few big band sessions later in the '50s, including one with Coleman Hawkins for his 1956 album "The Hawk In Hi-Fi."
August 3, 1920 – July 8, 1972
Charlie Shavers' virtuosity and effervescent style marked him as one of the great trumpeters of the swing era. Born in New York, he originally took up the piano and banjo before switching to trumpet. In 1935 he was with Tiny Bradshaw's band, joining Lucky Millinder's big band two years later. He became a key member of John Kirby's sextet at age 16, becoming a soloist. One of his arrangements with Kirby, Undecided, is now a jazz standard. Read more...