Commitment – Harold Vick
A minor-key medium swinger with fun blowing changes. This song is a good example of the hard bop side of Harold Vick's style.
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- Recording: Harold Vick - Commitment
- Recorded on: June, 1966
- Label: Muse (MR 5054)
- Concert Key: C minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Tenor Sax - Harold Vick
- Vibes - Victor Feldman
- Guitar - Malcolm Riddick
- Piano - Walter Bishop, Jr.
- Bass - Ben Tucker or Herb Bushler
- Drums - Mickey Roker
Though the key is definitely C minor, the changes occasionally imply C major. After an opening cadence in C minor, the fifth measure begins with a descending series of II-V7s starting on Bm7♭5 and continuing into the B section, where it resolves to E♭maj7 on the third and fourth measures. This is followed by an unexpected Dmaj7 for two measures, and then G7 to wrap the section up; the C minor tonality actually appears in the melody in the sixth measure, over the Dmaj7 to anticipate the G7. The D section begins on Fmaj7 instead of the B section's Fm7; this chord begins a "walk down" with a major sound, but brought back into minor with A♭maj7 in the fifth measure to resolve back to the minor tonic.
There is a coda which extends the end of the melody in a descending sequence, with changes that cycle in fourths; this is followed by a break with a phrase similar to the beginning of the melody to lead to the final chord.
Harold was on Don Sickler's first gig as a professional jazz musician, with drummer Philly Joe Jones, trombonist Curtis Fuller, and pianist Cedar Walton.
April 3, 1936 – November 13, 1987
Harold Vick is a quintessential example of a great saxophonist and composer who never gained wide public recognition, but was always highly regarded by his fellow musicians. Even jazz legend Sonny Rollins paid compositional tribute to him in 1998 with Did You See Harold Vick? Harold was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, which is also the birthplace of Thelonious Monk. At 13, Harold received a clarinet and inspiration from his uncle Prince Robinson, a well-respected clarinetist and tenor saxophonist who played with the likes of Duke Ellington, Roy Eldridge and Louis Armstrong from the 1920s-1950s. Read more...