Earful – Ronnie Ball
An inventive line over the changes of I'm Getting Sentimental Over You, plus a simple shout chorus. Condensed score and parts are available for the two-horn arrangement.
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- Recording: Warne Marsh - Modern Jazz Gallery
- Recorded on: October 24, 1956
- Label: Kapp (KXL 5001)
- Concert Key: E-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Tenor Sax - Warne Marsh, Ted Brown
- Piano - Ronnie Ball
- Bass - Ben Tucker
- Drums - Jeff Morton
Our lead sheets and parts include the shout chorus, a simple but subtly inventive "riff" 16 measures long. On the recording it is played at the start of the last chorus, with a bass solo on the bridge, and the last 12 measures of the out melody (again shown on our lead sheets and parts) start like the B section and switch to the fifth measure of the D section, with an unexpected modulation to G major at the end. On the lead sheets and parts, the shout chorus appears on the first half of a full set of solo changes. In the 15th measure of the solo form, we put A♭m6 in parentheses on beat 3; this chord is played on the solos, but the shout chorus melody has C♮ here instead of C♭. A♭6 or A♭7 should be played at this place in the shout chorus.
On the recording, the melody starts with the two tenor saxes in unison. They harmonize in sixths in parts of the B section, and in thirds for most of the C section and the end of the D section; a few notes in the D section are harmonized to outline the changes. The shout chorus is mostly harmonized in thirds. The melody goes into the tenor sax's altissimo register; tenor saxophonists playing the melody without the 2nd part should take the altissimo passages down an octave, for example in the B section from beat 2 of the second measure through the fourth measure. Our B♭ trumpet lead sheet is written to sound in the same octave as the tenor lead sheet, except from measures 2 to 4 of the C section where it is an octave above. The C bass clef lead sheet is written an octave below the trumpet lead sheet.
December 22, 1927 – October 3, 1984
Ronnie Ball was born in Birmingham, United Kingdom, where he played local gigs from the age of fifteen before moving to London in 1948. There he worked with Tony Kinsey and Reggie Goff's Sextet as well as leading his own trio. He worked on the Queen Mary on the transatlantic cruise run to New York from 1949 to 1951, studying with Lennie Tristano on New York stopovers. Read more...