Freedom – Renee Rosnes & Ralph Moore
This medium-tempo Latin song combines a flowing, lyrical melody with a catchy rhythmic bass line. Our Condensed Score shows the bass part through the A and B sections.
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- Recording: Renee Rosnes - One World
- Recorded on: October 18-19, 1994
- Label: Concord (CCD 4646)
- Concert Key: No key center
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Latin (medium)
- Soprano Sax - Ralph Moore
- Piano - Renee Rosnes
- Bass - Larry Grenadier
- Drums - Billy Drummond
The main key center of Freedom is E minor, but there is enough chromaticism in the chord progression that we show no key signature. On the intro/D section vamp, the piano chords alternate F♯m7 and Em7, but soloists can also play Em7 through the whole D section. The A and B section changes feature several descending cycles in half steps, while the "tag" of the B section repeats a sort of tritone-sub II-V7-I (Cm7-B7-Em7). The C section goes to A♭ minor, B minor, and F♯ major before resolving back to E minor. The solo changes are the same as the head changes; on the recording most of the rhythm section figures of the head are also played during the solos. In the condensed score, the solo changes are not shown but indicated as "Solos: from A." For an ending, the D section is vamped at the end of the out head. This leads to a coda on cue which is basically another A section but with an extra measure of descending chords added leading to a final Em11 chord.
About the arrangement Our Condensed Score is also the rhythm section part. It shows the full bass line through the A and B sections, including where the bass plays a 2-feel; some piano rhythms are also shown below the top staff. This song is full of subtle rhythmic interplay in which pickups and anticipations do not always line up with the chords. The third and fourth measures of B are a good example: beat 3 in these measures (as well as beat 1 of the fifth measure) are anticipated in the melody, but the actual chords are played right on the downbeats. At the beginning of A, a similar interplay occurs between piano and bass figures; both are shown below the staff in our lead sheets.
One week before the "One World" session bassist Larry Grenadier played on "Vernal Fields," the debut album of trumpeter Ingrid Jensen. Later the same month, Grenadier also recorded on organ legend Jack McDuff's album "The Heatin' System."
born on March 24, 1962
Few can deny that Renee Rosnes is one of the most important pianists and composers in contemporary jazz. As a child, Renee was initially attracted to classical piano, but became interested in jazz during high school. She went on to study classical piano performance at the University of Toronto but returned to Vancouver to pursue jazz. Renee quickly rose to the top of Vancouver's active jazz scene and performed as a sideman with Joe Farrell and Dave Liebman while still in her teens. Read more...
born on December 24, 1956
Born in London, saxophonist Ralph Moore came to the US and attended Berklee College of Music, where he studied with saxophonist Andy McGhee. Three years later he received the Lenny Johnson Memorial Award for outstanding musicianship from the college. He moved to New York City in 1981 and within two months had joined the Horace Silver Quintet for an association that lasted four years and included tours of Europe and Japan. Read more...