I Remember Love (vocal) – Tadd Dameron & Bernie Hanighen
In the vocal version, the drama of this ballad is matched with a bittersweet lyric by Bernie Hanighen. Ballad vocal lead sheets are available in three different keys, as well as a long meter bossa Minus You track in F minor. A separate long meter bossa lead sheet reflects this recording.
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- Recording: Richard Allen - Tadd Dameron Songbook
- Recorded on: September 13, 1997
- Label: jazzleadsheets.com (JLS 1042)
- Concert Key: F minor
- Vocal Range: Baritone, E3 to A-flat4 written 8va
- Style: Latin (Bossa)
- Vocals - Richard Allen
- Piano - Norman Simmons
- Bass - Ron McClure
- Drums - Billy Drummond
Similarly, the lyric by Bernie Hanighen plays with emotional expectations, leading in a positive direction only to climax at D with an unexpected ending. The lyric is perfectly melded to Dameron's melody; the surprise ending is revealed after the highest melody note.
We're presenting our ballad vocal lead sheet editions in a few different keys, including Tadd's original key of C minor (with a range of B3 to E♭5). Vocalist Richard Allen, with his rich low register, sings it in F minor—two octaves below where it is notated—this is a long meter bossa version. (Our F minor lead sheet is written an octave above where it would be sung in an alto register, to avoid too many ledger lines.) Neither of these are female friendly keys, so we're also providing G minor (with a range of F♯3 to B♭4).
The song never goes lower than the first note you sing, and the first five notes span the range of the song, except for one note a half step higher near the end. If you have a good low E, you'll probably want to do it in F minor. In G minor, you start on low F♯ which works for most female singers.
This song has been recorded instrumentally, by trumpeter Benny Bailey accompanied by pianist Kirk Lightsey. Our own Don Sickler added his muted trumpet and flugelhorn interpretations to Richard's rhythm section.
Years ago, Mia Dameron (Tadd's widow) told us that I Remember Love also had a lyric version. She found it and sent a copy of the manuscript. It had three flats in the key signature, and the last chord was C minor. The melody started in major and ended in minor; Tadd used the minor key signature.
We'd never been able to find a recording of the vocal version, so when Richard Allen's wonderful voice came on the scene, it seemed like a natural fit. He spent a few days at Rudy Van Gelder's New Jersey studio recording songs from the jazzleadsheets.com catalog; two were Dameron's.
Our Minus You track is in the key of F, as a long-meter bossa; use the "long meter" lead sheet. The form is two choruses.
-- a piano arpeggio gives the starting notes
-- count off sets up the melody
-- sing the melody
-- piano solo on A and B of the second chorus
-- sing the out melody from C
February 21, 1917 – March 8, 1965
A giant of the bebop era, Dameron had a wonderful melodic and harmonic imagination which he brought to compositions and arrangements for both small and big bands. Writing first for Harlan Leonard, Jimmy Lunceford, Count Basie and Billy Eckstine, in the late '40s Dameron started composing and arranging for Dizzy Gillespie's big band. He also recorded his own superb sextet for Blue Note Records in 1947 which featured trumpet great Fats Navarro. Read more...