Cup Bearers – Tom McIntosh
A jazz standard that unfolds and evolves as it goes, constantly moving in new harmonic directions.
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- Recording: James Moody - Another Bag
- Recorded on: January 30, 1962
- Label: Argo (LP 695)
- Concert Key: C
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Tenor Sax - James Moody
- Trumpet - Paul Serrano
- Trombone - John Avant
- Piano - Kenny Barron
- Bass - Ernest "Ernie" Outlaw
- Drums - Marshall Thompson
The melody flows over the constantly evolving chord progression. Tom has always been open to different rhythmic variations of the melody by performers. The original recorded arrangement keeps a general two-feeling going for the whole unusual ABA form melody: A is 22 measures (14 measures swing to four measures Latin to four more measures swing); B is ten measures swing. Other arrangements utilize walking bass for some sections.
Dizzy Gillespie recorded it the next year (1963) with Moody and Kenny Barron in his group. Paul Winter also recorded it in the same year, and there were as two more recorded performances by Dizzy Gillespie. In 1977, pianist Tommy Flanagan, another Tom McIntosh champion, recorded it for the first time. So far, we've found at least 37 recorded performances.
February 6, 1927 – July 26, 2017
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, trombonist and arranger/composer Tom McIntosh studied voice at the Peabody Conservatory in 1944. In 1950 he was stationed in Germany with an Army band, where he first encountered reedman James Moody, who was touring Europe with Coleman Hawkins. Nine years later, after graduating from the Juillard School in NYC, Mac was hired by Moody to play in his sextet. The sextet became a septet for the first Moody recording, simply titled "James Moody," recorded in Chicago in August, 1959, for the Argo label. This album also contained Tom's first recorded composition With Malice Toward None, which Tom arranged as well. Read more...