Chasing Spirits – Renee Rosnes
An open-ended modal song with a cyclical form, starting in an unexpected place. The piano intro, which reappears at the end of the chorus, helps to hold the song together.
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- Recording: Renee Rosnes - Ancestors
- Recorded on: October 9-10, 1995
- Label: Blue Note (CDP 8-34634)
- Concert Key: F, No key center
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (uptempo)
- Tenor Sax - Chris Potter
- Piano - Renee Rosnes
- Bass - Peter Washington
- Drums - Al Foster
On the recording, saxophonist Chris Potter plays an open solo on F7sus with the bass pedal. Renee Rosnes starts her piano solo over the pedal, and eventually switches to the head form with a 4-feel. Peter Washington's bass solo is also over the form, but finishes with another F7sus pedal vamp—really a vamp of the melody-less first four measures of the head; the out head starts at the fifth measure.
The full piano voicings for the intro and last four measures of the head are shown in our Concert Condensed Score, which is also the rhythm section part. This piano figure has colorful harmonies but we do not show chord symbols; the solo chorus has four measures of D♭7sus here, the first chord in the figure on the head. Renee plays these voicings at the end of her solo to launch the bass solo. Our lead sheet shows the top line of this figure as a cue, as well as the piano response to the melody starting in the 14th measure and other important piano comping rhythms.
born on March 24, 1962
Few can deny that Renee Rosnes is one of the most important pianists and composers in contemporary jazz. As a child, Renee was initially attracted to classical piano, but became interested in jazz during high school. She went on to study classical piano performance at the University of Toronto but returned to Vancouver to pursue jazz. Renee quickly rose to the top of Vancouver's active jazz scene and performed as a sideman with Joe Farrell and Dave Liebman while still in her teens. Read more...