Chic Boom – Cecil Payne
A very swinging 16-measure song from Cecil's last album. Each solo begins with an eight-measure break
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- Recording: Cecil Payne - Chic Boom
- Recorded on: August 17-19, 2000
- Label: Delmark (DE 529)
- Concert Key: F minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Jim Rotondi
- Tenor Sax - Eric Alexander
- Bari Sax - Cecil Payne
- Piano - Harold Mabern
- Bass - John Webber
- Drums - Joe Farnsworth
Two rhythmic hits in the last measure of the melody, on beats 2 and 3, provide the "chic boom" of the title; it's a classic bebop-style punctuation, with a B7 chord on the second hit. The solos begin with an eight-measure break, after which the rhythm section comes in for the same changes as the head. The last "boom" is held out for an ending.
The lineup from this album, except for Cecil himself, had recorded three years earlier for Jim Rotondi's second album as a leader, "Jim's Bop." Eric Alexander , Harold Mabern, John Webber, and Joe Farnsworth next recorded together on Eric's 2001 "Summit Meeting," with guest appearances from Nicholas Payton. Eric has used the same rhythm section for seven more albums so far: "Dead Center" (2004), "Chim Chim Cheree" (2009), "Mr. Lucky" and "Touching" (2012), "Chicago Fire" (2013), "The Real Thing" (2015) and the live "The Iron Man" in 2018.
December 14, 1922 – November 27, 2007
Baritonist extraordinaire, Cecil Payne is regarded as one of the most inimitable saxophonists of the bebop era. After receiving his first saxophone, an alto, when he was 13, Payne began gigging in local New York City groups. He made his record debut for Savoy in support of trombonist J. J. Johnson. Read more...