Candied Sweets – Richard Wyands
This bouncy medium swinger is a minor blues variation, a bit different from standard blues changes. Crescendos on the long notes of the melody make it particularly exciting.
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- Recording: Jerome Richardson - Roamin' With Jerome Richardson
- Recorded on: October 21, 1959
- Label: New Jazz (NJLP 8226)
- Concert Key: B-flat minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Tenor Sax - Jerome Richardson
- Piano - Richard Wyands
- Bass - George Tucker
- Drums - Charlie Persip
Our lead sheet shows a piano response to the melody in the fourth measure, which echoes the previous melody phrase. Also shown is a piano fill in the second ending of the head, related to the melody in the first ending. There is a coda that vamps the first ending melody phrase; the last time through the vamp, there is a final melody phrase that resolves to E♭7(♯9).
One chord in the head is slightly ambiguous. In the ninth measure, the chord on the "and" of beat 2 is written as D7♯5(♭9). The piano voicing on the recording includes only the two chord extensions, the sharp 5th and flat 9th (B♭ and E♭). The previous chord, G7♯5(♯9), has the same two notes as upper extensions and works just as well here as G7♯5(♯9)/D.
Although this recording is not currently available on Amazon or AppleMusic, it is on YouTube.
In 1995, also at the Van Gelder Recording Studio, Candied Sweets was recorded as a vocal by Fleurine, who added her own lyric, Better Call Me Now.
Richard Wyands played on another recording of Candied Sweets in 1992, on veteran tenor saxophonist Hal Singer's album "No Rush." This version is in D minor.
July 2, 1928 – September 25, 2019
Richard Wyands is a remarkably gifted and precocious musician who is best known as a sideman. A native of Oakland, California, he started playing piano in local clubs in San Francisco when he was only sixteen years old, at which time he became a union member (with a sponsor, of course, due to his youth). Since the 1950s, he has played alongside some of the greatest and best-known American jazz musicians, such as Charles Mingus and Roy Haynes. Read more...