Dancin' Like We Did Before – Johnny Griffin & Judy Niemack
A punchy blues with a lyric that describes a happening party, Dancin’ Like We Did Before is sure to wake up any set! Vocal lead sheet available in three keys. Exclusive MP3s available: full track and Minus You practice track without vocals (in the key of C).
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- Recording: Judy Niemack - The JazzLeadSheets Songbook
- Recorded on: October 5, 2007
- Label: jazzleadsheets.com (JLS 1004)
- Concert Key: C
- Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano, F3 to B4
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Vocal - Judy Niemack
- Trumpets - Don Sickler
- Piano - Norman Simmons
- Bass - John Webber
- Drums - Victor Lewis
- Arranger - Don Sickler
The instrumental version,Sweet Sucker, is in the key of B-flat concert.
Lyric Description: Niemack's lyric invites you to a party that only a fool would miss—"Lay down your troubles and walk through the door"—"Come on by, we'll be dancin' like we did before."
No-vocal version: An accompaniment-only MP3 track of Judy's version is available (in the key of C concert, the same as the lead sheet). Don Sickler's arrangement added multiple trumpets around the melody, to enhance the impression of a swingin' party. There are five solo choruses (rhythm section) before the return of the melody. Judy's complete recorded version is also available here, exclusively.
If another key would be better for you, send the key you'd like to Don and we'll post the transposition on the website for purchase. If you're not sure which key is best, send us your range and we'll work with you to figure out the best key.
Don Sickler explains, "I've known Johnny Griffin for years and have played with him in various groups. I also publish some of his compositions. He was a special person and very inspiring to me personally. I wanted to create a project around Johnny. I picked music that Johnny either wrote or had recorded and asked Judy Niemack (a gifted lyricist as well as a superb vocalist) to join the project as lyricist and vocalist. My goal was to start a Johnny Griffin Songbook Project, similar to the Ray Bryant Songbook Project we did with vocalist/lyricist Tina May.
"In 2007 I developed a plan for the Griffin Songbook. Since Johnny Griffin lived in France, and only occasionally traveled to the US, and Judy lived in Germany, usually making it to the States twice a year, I thought that getting both of them in Rudy Van Gelder's New Jersey studio, simultaneously, would be impossible. Therefore, I planned to have Judy write lyrics and decide on the keys she wanted, while I put together a rhythm section of NYC-based musicians who had worked with Johnny. We would then record tracks at Van Gelder's on Judy's next trip, leaving space for Johnny to solo or add to the arrangement when he was next in New York.
"We got the first part done. Unfortunately, when Johnny made his trip to New York, there wasn't enough time in his schedule for him to record, so we had to postpone it for his next trip. As it turned out, Johnny would never make another trip to New York.
"For Dancin' Like We Did Before, the original concept was for Johnny to answer the lyric during the melody, solo for three choruses, then trade twos with Judy for two choruses before the out melody, when he would again improvise around Judy. After Johnny's death, I listened to the basic track (just Judy and the rhythm section), and decided on the multiple trumpets/swingin' party concept. Instead of a soloist trading with Judy during the exchanges, I elected to write some three-trumpet answers to her phrases."
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April 24, 1928 – July 25, 2008
A tenor saxophonist of amazing energy and invention, Griffin was influenced by such revered artists as Johnny Hodges, Charlie Parker and Ben Webster. He was first heard prominently in his youth with Lionel Hampton's orchestra from 1945-47, making his first recording with Hamp when he was only 17 years old. In 1947, Griffin joined Joe Morris's rhythm & blues group. Morris (trumpet) had also been a recording member of Hamp's bands since 1943. He left Hamp a little before Johnny did. By 1948 the Morris band had changed personnel to include Elmo Hope (piano), Percy Heath (bass) and Philly Joe Jones (drums) along with Matthew Gee on trombone. Read more...
born on March 11, 1954
Acclaimed jazz vocalist Judy Niemack is a leader in jazz singing, vocal improvisation and pedagogy. She began her jazz studies in California with tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh as his first vocal student, which greatly influenced her scat style. Her debut album came in 1977, the same year she moved to New York. Since then, she has released 14 albums with the “Who’s Who” of jazz, including Fred Hersh, Kenny Werner, Kenny Barron, Sullivan Fortner, Cedar Walton, Jim McNeely, Billy Hart, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, and Peter Bernstein. Read more...