Farfel – Frank Socolow
A bebop blues head with a happy sound. The recording has an intricate, contrapuntal arrangement; a condensed score is available. Our lead sheet includes an interlude before the solos, as well as the out head which begins differently from the in head.
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- Recording: Frank Socolow - Sounds By Socolow
- Recorded on: November, 1956
- Label: Bethlehem (BCP 70)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trombone - Eddie Bert
- Alto Sax - Frank Socolow
- Guitar - Sal Salvador
- Piano - Eddie Costa
- Bass - Bill Takas
- Drums - Jimmy Campbell
About the arrangement: The full arrangement is shown in our Concert Condensed Score; our lead sheets reflects the same form but showing only the top melody line. On the first chorus of the in head (A1), the horns begin in unison accompanied by bass and drums. The piano and guitar add a countermelody starting in the fifth measure and continuing through the second chorus of the head (A2). At A1, the last two measures of melody are played by piano and guitar only; the horns play these measures in A2 while the piano/guitar countermelody continues.
The interlude before the solos features four-part counterpoint, with alto sax on top, guitar and trombone countermelodies in the middle, and a bass line doubled by the piano. This bass line descends chromatically with an over-the-barline, 3-beat repeated rhythmic pattern; it's also shown in our lead sheet. This interlude is also used on the recording to launch the drum solo.
The out head is arranged differently from the in head. It begins with the two lines switched: the piano and guitar play the first four measures of the melody, while the horns play the same line as the piano/guitar countermelody at A2. The horns return to the melody in the fifth measure, while the piano and guitar play their line from A1 but with the ending of A2. Again, our lead sheet shows only the horn line throughout the out head.
Other songs on this album were arranged by Manny Albam and Bill Holman, but there is no arranger credited specifically for Farfel. Guitarist Sal Salvador is also listed as an arranger on this album in the liner notes; this one might be his work. Frank Socolow played on Salvador's debut album as a leader in 1953; this session (also featuring drummer Jimmy Campbell) was among the earliest Blue Note albums recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's living room studio in Hackensack, New Jersey.
September 18, 1923 – April 30, 1981
Often overlooked as he played primarily in big bands and only recorded two sessions as a leader, Frank Socolow was nonetheless a modestly important figure on the early bebop scene. He is best known for his first recording as a leader, a May 1945 quintet session featuring the under-recorded but legendary trumpeter Freddie Webster as well as then-emerging master pianist Bud Powell. This session is notable for being Powell's first recording outside of Cootie Williams' big band and sextet. Read more...