Ice White Blues – Jeanfrançois Prins & Judy Niemack
A blues with a bridge that takes a real look at love, loss and getting on with your life.
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- Recording: Judy Niemack - The JazzLeadSheets Songbook
- Recorded on: April 1, 2006
- Label: jazzleadsheets.com (JLS 1004)
- Concert Key: B
- Vocal Range: Alto, F3 to B4
- Style: Latin (Funky)
- Vocals - Judy Niemack
- Guitar - Jeanfrançois Prins
- Piano - Jim McNeely
- Bass - Dennis Irwin
- Drums - Victor Lewis
The notation reflects Judy's performance; feel free to interpret it your way.
Lyric Description: One day, a close friend of Judy's told her that they'd have to put their friendship "on ice" for a while, with no explanation of why or when the friendship might resume. Judy was hurt, and the phrase kept coming back to her, so she decided to turn it into a blues. She wrote the lyrics and melody, Jeanfrançois Prins re-harmonized a 12-measure blues, added a bridge, and the Ice White Blues was born. The lyric tells the story of a betrayal by a lover who then thinks they can return to the relationship later as if nothing has happened. The singer's heart is running hot and cold; she's "burning with the ice white blues."
No-Vocal Version: This song works well performed in duo, with a guitar trio, or with a guitar trio plus piano, as we have done in the recorded version available here, featuring pianist Jim McNeely. Soloists can improvise over the 12-bar blues section ("A"), and a vocal repetition of the bridge can be used as an interlude between solos. After the instrumental solos, the vocalist can return with the bridge, the final "A" section, and tag. The song can also be performed without any improvised solos, simply singing one chorus, returning to the bridge, and singing through to the tag ending for a more compact version like the recorded version here.
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.
born on February 18, 1967
Belgian jazz guitarist Jeanfrançois Prins is a professional musician, arranger, producer, and educator. By the age of nineteen Prins was a band leader and was awarded the "Golden Sax" and First Prize for Instrumental Performance at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Bruxelles. He has released six CDs as a leader. His most recent, "El Gaucho," was recorded in NYC and released on Challenge Records in mid-2012. His interviews and performances have been featured on TV around the globe. In 1994 he was an actor/musician in the Oscar-nominated Belgian movie, "Just Friends." Read more...
born on March 11, 1954
Born in California, acclaimed jazz vocalist, lyricist and composer Judy Niemack studied classical singing, but the turning point in her studies occurred when she met the great tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh. “I became Warne’s first vocal student. He treated me like a horn player. He assigned me solos by Charlie Parker, Roy Eldridge and others to learn. I learned about improvising from him. He called it instant composition.” Judy studied classical singing at the New England Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Moving to New York in 1977, she continued her studies with Marsh. She started teaching jazz voice and improvisation in the late 1970s. Read more...