I'll Blame It On The Samba – Ray Bryant & Tina May
This cheerful (yet slinky) bossa nova describes being transformed by a rhythmic awakening! Vocal lead sheets available in multiple keys. Full vocal track and exclusive Minus You practice track without vocals.
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- Recording: Tina May & Ray Bryant - The Ray Bryant Songbook
- Recorded on: November 23, 2002
- Label: 33Jazz (150)
- Concert Key: C minor
- Vocal Range: Soprano, G3 to C5
- Style: Latin (Samba)
- Vocal - Tina May
- Piano - Ray Bryant
- Trumpet - Don Sickler
- Flute - Bobby Porcelli
- Clarinet - Jay Brandford
- Bass Clarinet - Patience Higgins
- Bass - Tim Givens
- Drums - Vince Cherico
- Arranger - Don Sickler
Our audio excerpt begins at the top of the piece with a quirky horn intro. Tina then comes in with the melody, which is the perfect vehicle for her expressive voice and clear diction—she really captures the gaiety of the lyric. The solo section starts with a thrilling piano solo by Ray Bryant, followed by an unusual trading-fours section between Tina and the rest of the band. After the solos, the story takes on new significance—now we've really heard just how powerful the samba can be!
Lyric Description: Tina's lyric describes how a timid lover is transformed by her rhythmic awakening. Before coming to Rio, she was naive and scared, but after hearing and dancing to the samba, she realizes it's finally her time for love.
No-vocal version: This version follows the format of Tina's recording—complete with horn backgrounds that don't get in the singer's way—until the solo section, during which the changes from the bridge are repeated three times. The solo section is left open so that the vocalist may practice improvisation with a solid rhythm section. The form moves to the out chorus immediately after solos (with no interlude as there is on the vocal lead sheet edition and on Tina's recorded version).
If another key would be better for you, send the key you'd like to Don and we'll post the transposition on the website for purchase. If you're not sure which key is best, send us your range and we'll work with you to figure out the best key.
December 24, 1931 – June 2, 2011
Following performances in his native Philadelphia with guitarist Tiny Grimes and as house pianist at the Blue Note Club with Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Miles Davis and others, Ray Bryant came to New York in the mid-1950s. His first jazz recording session in New York was with Toots Thielemans (August, 1955) for Columbia Records. That session led to his own trio sessions as well as sessions with vocalist Betty Carter for Epic Records in May and June ("Meet Betty Carter and Ray Bryant"). On August 5, 1955, Ray recorded with Miles Davis, and on December 2, 1955, with Sonny Rollins, both for Prestige Records. Read more...
March 30, 1961 – March 26, 2022
Influenced at an early age by her collection of Duke Ellington and Fats Waller records, May has become one of the finest jazz vocalists and lyricists the U.K. has produced. After heading her own Back Door Theatre Company in the early ‘80s, she established herself as a chanteuse in Paris, forming her first quartet in 1989. She has released seven albums under the U.K. record label 33Jazz, becoming a featured soloist in distinguished jazz events and venues including the Duke Ellington mass, London jazz club, and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Club in Paris. She frequently appears on BBC radio and television. Read more...