Grasshopper's Holiday – Billy Lester
An inventive head over I'll Remember April changes. Our piano part shows how Billy plays the head on the recording.
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- Recording: Billy Lester - Four Into Four
- Recorded on: April 7, 2002
- Label: Coppens (3003)
- Concert Key: G
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (uptempo)
- Trumpet - Simon Wettenhall
- Piano - Billy Lester
- Bass - Sean Smith
- Drums - Russ Meissner
The main reharmonization of the original changes is in the seventh to ninth measures, with both Gm7 and the tenth measure's D7 approached a half step above, the former as a II-V7 (A♭m7-D♭7-Gm7-C7). This is used in the solos as well as the head. Another reharmonization is in the 12th to 14th measures of the head, which have a sequence of three-beat stop-time figures with chords descending in thirds; the solo choruses use the original changes here. The 13th measure of the bridge has C6; Cmaj7 is played here in the solos. Alternate solo changes are indicated below the staff in a couple of places.
The bass doubles some of the piano left hand figures. Our bass part shows the rhythms of the melody below the staff.
born on June 11, 1946
William "Billy" Lester is one of the few musicians alive today who are truly continuing the tradition of the Lennie Tristano school. His compositions are firmly within that tradition, using the harmonic frameworks of Great American Songbook standards to create inventive, unpredictable melodies; his are often not quite as lopsided as those of Tristano and some of his followers, but with quite a bit of reharmonization of the source material. Billy is a wildly creative improviser with a sly melodic sense. His playing and composing offer a very personal, modern take on the Tristano tradition. Read more...