Hard Groove – Paul Gonsalves
An exciting uptempo swinger with a fun head. The changes are similar to the standard But Not For Me. A transcription is available of Paul Gonsalves' solo; it also includes his trading with Nat Adderley.
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- Recording: Paul Gonsalves - Gettin' Together
- Recorded on: December 20, 1950
- Label: Jazzland (JLP 36)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (uptempo)
- Cornet - Nat Adderley
- Tenor Sax - Paul Gonsalves
- Piano - Wynton Kelly
- Bass - Sam Jones
- Drums - Jimmy Cobb
A transcription of Gonsalves' solo and trading is available; click on the Solos tab for more details.
A notation in recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder's diary for that day shows "Eddie"; Rudy's code for Prestige producer Esmond Edwards.
This is a classic Gonsalves solo, with all his unique uptempo mannerisms. Particularly notable is an angular, descending high-register line, not unlike one of Eric Dolphy's signature patterns; it's played at the beginning of the D section in both solo choruses and the chorus of fours, as well as a variation in the second half of the B section on the chorus of twos. On the D section of this chorus Gonsalves plays a rhythmic bluesy phrase reminiscent of his famous Diminuendo And Crescendo In Blue solo. Articulations are clearly shown in this transcription, so you can really get into what defines Gonsalves' style.
July 12, 1920 – May 15, 1974
A unique and very individual tenor saxophonist, Paul Gonsalves was born in Boston, MA, and raised in Pawtucket, R.I. Back in Boston, he was featured with the Sabby Lewis band, and after Army service (1942-1945) he made his first recording with Sabby Lewis in March 1946. Later that year he joined the Count Basie band, replacing Illinois Jacquet. He made his first official recording with Basie on January 3, 1947. He remained with Basie into 1949, then joined Dizzy Gillespie's bop-oriented big band later that year, recording with them on November 21, 1949, and January 9, 1950. Read more...