Holiday – Al Cohn
A "cool school" medium swinger originally written for guitarist Barry Galbraith. A transcription of Barry's solo is available.
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- Recording: Barry Galbraith - Guitar And The Wind
- Recorded on: January 21, 1958
- Label: Decca (DL 9200)
- Concert Key: F
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Flute, Tenor Sax - Bobby Jaspar
- Clarinet - Phil Bodner, Romeo Penque, Spencer Sinatra
- Guitar - Barry Galbraith
- Piano - Eddie Costa
- Bass - Milt Hinton
- Drums - Osie Johnson
On the recording the horns are harmonized throughout; guitarist Barry Galbraith plays the melody an octave below the clarinet lead.
The four woodwind players on Holiday and 5 other songs from "Guitar And The Wind" double on several instruments. The instrumentation is a little hard to hear on this song, but on the head it's most likely three clarinets and tenor sax; Bobby Jaspar solos on flute. Some other songs on this album have the same personnel as Jaspar's quintet session from November 1956; check out Galbraith's song from this session, Barry's Tune.
Galbraith also demonstrates his formidable linear abilities with a deft, one-chorus solo. Click on the Solos tab for more details.
November 24, 1925 – February 15, 1988
Al Cohn, born in Brooklyn, NY, went on to become not only a brilliant jazz tenor saxophonist, but an arranger, leader and sideman par excellence. From the "Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection," East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania website: "His career in jazz spanned more than 45 years. He performed with the bands of Henry Jerome, Joe Marsala, Georgie Auld, Alvino Rey, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Artie Shaw, Elliot Lawrence and others. Many of the arrangements used by these bands were written by Al, and he also arranged for Gerry Mulligan, Quincy Jones, Terry Gibbs and Jimmy Rushing. Read more...