Dark Days – Robert Watson
Dark Days is an evocative ballad filled composed of equal parts sorrow and hope.
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- Recording: Bobby Watson - Horizon Reassembled
- Recorded on: January 25, 2004
- Label: Palmetto Records (PM 2102)
- Concert Key: D-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Ballad
- Alto Sax - Bobby Watson
- Trumpet - Terell Stafford
- Piano - Edward Simon
- Bass - Essiet Essiet
- Drums - Victor Lewis
Bobby's earlier recording of this piece, in a quartet format with John Hicks (piano), Curtis Lundy (bass) and Marvin "Smitty" Smith (drums), is also available as a download from iTunes and Amazon.
Bobby wrote this composition during the apartheid era, after he saw an image in the International Herald Tribune of an infant's coffin being carried in a procession. Dark Days was dedicated to Nelson Mandela.
Many of Watson's printed combo arrangements are available from Second Floor Music. See more information (scroll down to composer name or click on letter at top). Purchase at MusicDispatch.com.
born on August 23, 1953
Robert "Bobby" Watson, who was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas, grew up to become a jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger and education of formidable talent and acclaim. He got his degree from the University of Miami before becoming a member (and later the musical director) of legendary drummer Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. He remained an invaluable member for four years, from 1977 until 1981. Read more...