Burner's Waltz – Eric Alexander & Jim Rotondi
A modal medium-up 3/4 song written for, and recorded by, organ legend Charles Earland. Condensed score and second parts are available for the two-horn arrangement, in which the harmony part is mostly above the melody.
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- Recording: Eric Alexander - Alexander The Great
- Recorded on: May 8, 1997
- Label: High Note (7013)
- Concert Key: G minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: 3/4 swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Jim Rotondi
- Tenor Sax - Eric Alexander
- Organ - Charles Earland
- Guitar - Peter Bernstein
- Drums - Joe Farnsworth
The form is 64-measure AABC, with C the same as A, but all sections are actually eight-measure phrases repeated twice. The A section melody phrase is simple and lyrical while the bridge melody is more rhythmic, over chromatically descending dominant chords.
On the recording, the guitar and organ play the chord ostinato, taking turns or doubling the chords. However, it certainly works in lineups with only one chord instrument, or with guitar and piano.
About the arrangement: We have second parts and a Concert Condensed Score for the quintet arrangement. The horns play unison on the first A section, and the second A adds a harmony part a third above (ending on a fourth in the last note). The harmony part on the bridge alternates between two measures each of thirds above and mostly sixths below. The second part (tenor sax on the recording) has all the harmony notes, whether they're above or below the melody. Our trombone second part has the harmony notes written an octave lower to avoid having too many ledger lines, but trombonists can certainly play in the same octave as the other second parts.
born on August 4, 1968
A straight-ahead jazz saxophonist, Eric Alexander is known for his sophisticated hard- and post-bop style. Born in Illinois, he began as a classical musician studying alto sax, but quickly began an obsession with the tenor saxophone at Indiana University at Bloomington. Inspired to pursue his musical pursuits further, Eric transferred to William Paterson College in New Jersey, where he studied with jazz legends like Harold Mabern, Joe Lovano, Norman Simmons and Rufus Reid. After receiving his degree, he moved back to the Midwest, where he became a fixture in the Chicago club scene touring with Charles Earland. Read more...
born on August 28, 1962
A major straight-ahead trumpeter and flugelhornist worldwide for twenty years, Jim Rotondi has charmed the jazz world with his warm tone, versatility and soulful improvisation. Born and raised in Montana—an unlikely place for a jazz musician—Jim was inspired by his musical family to take up the piano at age eight. At twelve, he switched to the trumpet. There was very little musical community to speak of in his hometown of Butte, but like many trumpeters, early exposure to a Clifford Brown vinyl set captured Jim's imagination and kindled within him a lifelong passion for jazz. Read more...