Eazy E – Justin Robinson
This medium-tempo song contrasts smooth, stepwise harmonic motion with an often angular melody that steps slightly outside the changes. A condensed score and second parts are available for the two-horn arrangement.
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- Recording: Justin Robinson - Alana's Fantasy
- Recorded on: November 4, 2013
- Label: Criss Cross Jazz (1371)
- Concert Key: G minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Trumpet - Mike Rodriguez
- Alto Sax - Justin Robinson
- Piano - Sullivan Fortner
- Bass - Dwayne Burno
- Drums - Willie Jones III
Another contrast in this song is the relationship between the melody and the changes. There are several places where the chord quality doesn't reflect the melody, most notably in measures 3 and 4 where the melody note is G♭ over an A♭m(maj7). The G natural in the chord certainly works if it's in a lower octave than the melody note, as pianist Sullivan Fortner demonstrates on the recording.
The bass vamp is played on the A and C sections of each soloist's first chorus, going to 4-feel for subsequent choruses. The last four measures of the head are repeated twice more as an ending.
About the arrangement: We have a Concert Condensed Score and second parts for the two-horn arrangement heard on the recording. The horns harmonize most of the longer notes of the melody, using mostly larger intervals such as 6ths on the A section and smaller intervals in the bridge. In the fourth and eighth measures of the bridge, the harmony notes are above the melody; though the eighth measure on the recording still has the trumpet above and alto sax below, we show the upper harmony notes in the second part in both places.
born on August 14, 1968
Justin Robinson is an important member of the generation of jazz musicians who began their careers in the late 1980s to early 1990s. Justin got his professional start at age 18 in the Harper Brothers Quintet, making his first recording with them in 1988. Three years later, he made his first recording with Roy Hargrove, on pianist Stephen Scott's debut album "Something To Consider." Justin would continue playing with Roy for the rest of Roy's life. Read more...