Flying Fish – Cecil Payne
A two-part song—the form alternates 16 measures of calypso and 16 measures of swing. It's essentially modal throughout.
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- Recording: Cecil Payne - Zodiac
- Recorded on: December 16, 1968
- Label: Strata-East (SES 19734)
- Concert Key: F, No key center
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Latin (Calypso)
- Trumpet - Kenny Dorham
- Bari Sax - Cecil Payne
- Piano - Wynton Kelly
- Bass - Wilbur Ware
- Drums - Albert "Tootie" Heath
Our lead sheets show the intro as written by Cecil, with a melody line over an F7-E♭7 vamp as in the A section. On the recording, the intro is 8 measures of drums alone followed by 8 measures with a piano solo on this vamp. The intro is vamped and faded out as an ending, and Cecil plays a variation of his intro line the first time. Later in this vamp he quotes Get Happy, another song whose second eight measures are the same as the first a fourth higher.
Cecil's recording is not currently available on iTunes, etc., but YouTube has several postings of the track.
December 14, 1922 – November 27, 2007
Baritonist extraordinaire, Cecil Payne is regarded as one of the most inimitable saxophonists of the bebop era. After receiving his first saxophone, an alto, when he was 13, Payne began gigging in local New York City groups. He made his record debut for Savoy in support of trombonist J. J. Johnson. Read more...