Congo Lament – Bennie Green
Lush and exotic, Congo Lament has a wailing melody that certainly evokes a lament. Lead sheets and second/third parts available.
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- Recording: Ike Quebec - Easy Living
- Recorded on: January 20, 1962
- Label: Blue Note (BST 84103)
- Concert Key: E-flat minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Latin (medium)
- Trombone - Bennie Green
- Tenor Sax - Ike Quebec
- Tenor Sax - Stanley Turrentine
- Piano - Sonny Clark
- Bass - Milt Hinton
- Drums - Art Blakey
Our audio excerpt starts with the second A of this AABA form head, which continues into a 12-measure B section, so you can hear the different 4-feel Latin in the bridge. The rhythm section line under the A melody is also used as an intro. This is all clearly notated in our lead sheets.
Second and third part combined editions are available. The two tenors (second & third parts) play tutti in the A section and create three-part harmony at the start of the bridge.
A separate solo section (with changes that are different from the melody) is indicated on each part. On the recording they swing all the solos and play the melody Latin.
Trombonist Bennie Green also started recording in 1944. It's surprising to me that this session seems to be the only record of these two important players together. Less surprising, because they're both tenor saxophonists, is that Ike and Stanley Turrentine only recorded together on this session.
Ike first recorded with pianist Sonny Clark on Clark's Blue Note recording "Leapin' And Lopin'," two months before (November 13, 1961); they were together again one month later on a Grant Green Blue Note session (December 23, 1961). After "Easy Living," they would record again on two more Grant Green Blue Note sessions on March 1 and September 7, 1962.
We can find only one other recording of Ike with drummer Art Blakey, and that goes back to a February 15, 1944, Lucky Millinder And His Orchestra session.
Ike did many sessions over the years with bassist Milt Hinton. After their first session together, mentioned above, Ike did his first (of many) Cab Calloway sessions, a band with which Milt Hinton had been recording since 1936.
For more about Bennie Green, check out B.G.'s Groove Two and Sweet Sucker.
April 16, 1923 – March 23, 1977
A bebop trombonist with deep roots in blues and popular song, Bennie Green developed a distinctive sound and style that was easily recognizable—no easy feat in a trombone landscape that was so dominated by his contemporary, J.J. Johnson. Read more...