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- Recording: Jon Davis - Jon Davis Trio
- Recorded on: September 4, 2010
- Label: jazzleadsheets.com (JLS 1043)
- Concert Key: No key center
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Piano - Jon Davis
- Bass - Daryl Johns
- Drums - Steve Johns
As with many Jon Davis songs, the ending is a vamp. In this case, the last eight measures are vamped; since the changes are the same four measures twice it could be called a four-measure vamp. On this recording the piano trades 8s with the drums four times before playing the C section melody out twice. During the drum solo sections the bass continues walking; Jon plays rhythmic comping figures that converse with the drums.
A melody transcription is available showing Jon's interpretation of both the in and out heads as well as the entire ending trading section. The transcription includes notable rhythms, and a few notes, of the left hand voicings as well as the top notes of all voicings in the drum solo sections of the trading.
Jon's inspiration for Here's Jonny was the song A Jump Ahead on Herbie Hancock's album "Inventions & Dimensions." It goes into a pedal every chorus. "That's why this tune, the second or third phrase always breaks down to a 2-feel." Doing this "tempers the 4/4, as opposed to most of jazz where once it starts going, it's going," says Davis. "The sus chords in the opening melody had this kind of showbiz side and I thought of Johnny Carson, but compositionally I was thinking of 'Inventions & Dimensions,'" explains Davis. Jon chose Here's Jonny for this project as a nod to the the Blue Note trio style and the recording studio where Herbie's album (and Jon's) was recorded by engineer Rudy Van Gelder.
Our Minus You bass and drum parts have the melody written the way Jon plays it on the in head, as well as the last two repeats of the C section melody at the end. Bassists and drummers playing with the Minus You tracks should listen closely to the piano on the out head, as well as the ending trading, to really lock in and interact; if they want to know exactly what's going on here they should read the melody transcription.
CLIP The form of the track is:
-- piano solo 6 choruses
-- out melody
-- coda: piano trading 8s with drums 4 times
-- 2 more C sections
mp3 minus Piano
-- count off sets up the melody
--play the melody
--solo 6 choruses
--play the out melody
--coda: trade 8s with drums 4 times; comp/interact with the drum solo sections
play 2 more C sections
mp3 minus Bass
--count off sets up the melody
--walk for the melody
--walk for the piano solo 6 choruses
--walk for the out melody
--coda: walk for piano and drums trading 8s 4 times (continue walking in the drum solo sections)
walk/2-feel for 2 more C sections
mp3 minus Drums
--count off sets up the melody
--comp for the melody
--comp for the piano solo 6 choruses
--comp for the out melody
--coda:CLIP trade 8s with piano (piano first) 4 times; interact with piano attacks while soloing
comp for 2 more C sections
born on July 22, 1957
Jon Davis is a pianist and composer based in New York. He has performed with and contributed compositions to many of the top jazz musicians worldwide throughout his career, which has spanned over 35 years, and has recorded several albums as a leader. Jon took up piano and guitar as a young teenager; he was inspired to play jazz after hearing records of Red Garland and Miles Davis. He briefly studied with Lennie Tristano then attended New England Conservatory, where his teachers included Ran Blake, Jaki Byard, and Madam Chaloff. After six months, he left to begin gigging around Boston. Read more...