Good Humors – Norman Simmons
A laid-back, supremely cool swing from Norman Simmons. Lead sheets and second parts available.
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- Recording: Norman Simmons - I'm . . . The Blues
- Recorded on: December, 1981
- Label: Milljac (MJP 10002)
- Concert Key: F
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Trumpet - Jimmy Owens
- Alto Sax - Clifford Jordan
- Piano - Norman Simmons
- Bass - Lisle Akinson
- Drums - Vernel Fournier
Norman always picks the right sidemen. Vernel is also perfect for Los Milagros Pequenos from the same album. It has a "Poinciana-Ahmad Jamal" flavor, similar to the famous rhythmical impetus that Vernel put on Ahmad Jamal's 1958 recording of Poinciana, a big hit. Vernel was actually developing these rhythmic patterns earlier on different songs with Norman, as Norman's 1956 Argo session demonstrates: listen to Norman's Jan.
Norman Simmons writes great compositions in many styles. From the same album, check out Slumberettes, with the equally tasty Al Harewood on drums—a totally different and beautiful vibe.
Speaking of great sidemen, Norman said "This was the first time that Clifford Jordan was recorded on alto saxophone." You'll learn more about Clifford Jordan and his music soon, at jazzleadsheets.com.
October 6, 1929 – May 13, 2021
Accomplished soloist, accompanist, composer and educator, Norman Simmons is well known as a pianist with an great ability to connect with jazz singers. Born in Chicago, Simmons taught himself piano and at age sixteen enrolled in the Chicago School of Music. He formed his own group in 1949 and began recording in 1952 when he worked as a house pianist for Chicago clubs The BeeHive and the C&C Lounge. During this period, his first recordings were under the leadership of tenor saxophonists Claude McLin, Paul Bascomb and Coleman Hawkins. Read more...