Consu – Jack Wilson
This lyrical 3/4 song is Jack Wilson's first recorded composition. Our lead sheet shows several important piano countermelody figures from the recording.
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- Recording: Richard Evans - Richard's Almanac
- Recorded on: July 21-23, 1959
- Label: Argo (LP 658)
- Concert Key: G minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: 3/4 swing (medium)
- Piano - Jack Wilson
- Bass - Richard Evans
- Drums - Robert Barry
Our lead sheet shows a bit of the trio arrangement from the recording. Jack Wilson plays many of the chords starting on the second beat, with the bass on the downbeat. There are several countermelody figures that fill in the longer notes of the melody, which we also include in all lead sheets. The descending countermelody at the beginning of the A section is replaced by an ascending line in the C section.
At the time of this recording, 3/4 time was still a relative rarity in jazz. Note how the bass and drums play time on the bridge—it's felt like a walking 4-feel in 6/4 (two measures of 3/4) with the hi-hat alternating between beat 2 and beats 1 and 3.
August 3, 1936 – October 5, 2007
Pianist Jack Wilson was born in Chicago but moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, at age seven. By his fifteenth birthday, he had become the youngest member ever to join the Fort Wayne Musician’s Union. At the age of seventeen he played a two-week stint as a substitute pianist in James Moody’s band. After graduating from the local high school, Wilson spent a year and a half at Indiana University, where he met Freddie Hubbard and Slide Hampton. He went on to tour with a rock ‘n roll band, which led him to Columbus, Ohio, where he found the then-unknown Nancy Wilson and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. He settled there for a year, then moved to Atlantic City, where he led the house band at the local Cotton Club. Read more...