Danielle – Al Cohn
With equal parts beauty and nostalgia, Danielle can be performed as a bossa or a ballad.
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- Recording: Joe Cohn - Shared Contemplations
- Recorded on: June 16, 2008
- Label: Criss Cross Jazz (1309)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Latin (Bossa)
- Guitar - Joe Cohn
- Piano - Peter Beets
- Bass - Peter Washington
- Drums - Willie Jones III
Our audio clip features a bossa version by Al's son, guitarist Joe Cohn. The lead sheets represent Al's melody and chord progression as he wrote them in his original manuscript.
If you're looking for that right composition with such beauty and nostalgia that it may just break your heart a bit (and enthrall your audience), look no farther than Danielle.
The Zoot Sims recording features the melody in a 2-feel medium swing groove (ca. 82) and in C concert.
-- A week later, Al Cohn recorded it in B-flat concert as a bossa (ca. 118) on his album "No Problem" for Xanadu Records. This feeling, key and tempo were Al's original intention for the composition.
-- In January 1981, Al's son, guitarist Joe Cohn, was on one of his first recording dates (with clarinetist Buddy DeFranco on the album "Mr. Lucky"). DeFranco recorded it as a 2-feel ballad (ca. 72), up a step, in C.
-- On March 4, 1982, Al recorded it again as a B-flat bossa (ca. 120) on his "Skylark" album.
--The next recording, in August, 1982, was a slower bossa version (ca. 96) featuring three guitarists (Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis and Barney Kessel) "At Charlie's Georgetown," this time in the key of G.
-- In 1987, Art Farmer and Fritz Pauer gave us a beautiful haunting ballad performance in A-flat, on Azure
-- In 1994, Herb Geller recorded it in F, again as a bossa (ca. 118).
-- The Harry Allen/Joe Cohn Quartet recorded it in 2004 as a slower bossa (ca. 108).
-- In 2008, Joe Cohn recorded it again in a quartet context (bossa, ca. 120).
-- And in 2010, Al's old buddy, Phil Woods, in a duo album with Bill Mays, recorded another gorgeous ballad version.
November 24, 1925 – February 15, 1988
Al Cohn, born in Brooklyn, NY, went on to become not only a brilliant jazz tenor saxophonist, but an arranger, leader and sideman par excellence. From the "Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection," East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania website: "His career in jazz spanned more than 45 years. He performed with the bands of Henry Jerome, Joe Marsala, Georgie Auld, Alvino Rey, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Artie Shaw, Elliot Lawrence and others. Many of the arrangements used by these bands were written by Al, and he also arranged for Gerry Mulligan, Quincy Jones, Terry Gibbs and Jimmy Rushing. Read more...