Into Dawn – Roy Hargrove
A subdued 3/4 song with subtly colorful changes. There's a lot of rhythm section activity, including unison piano and bass lines that fill in on the long notes of the melody; all are notated in our Concert Condensed Score.
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- Recording: Ralph Moore - Furthermore
- Recorded on: March 3 & 5, 1990
- Label: Landmark (LLP 1526)
- Concert Key: F minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: 3/4 swing (medium)
- Trumpet - Roy Hargrove
- Tenor Sax - Ralph Moore
- Piano - Benny Green
- Bass - Peter Washington
- Drums - Victor Lewis
The changes have almost more of a B♭ minor tonality than an F minor one, resolving to B♭m7 in the fifth measure through chords that mostly belong to that key center. The bridge is harmonically unexpected, visiting A♭ major, A major, and G minor; the melody here is largely triadic. The D section is more diatonic, with a four-measure triplet-based phrase repeated twice.
The rhythm section figures on the head are very important. There is a syncopated bass line that runs throughout the A and C sections, with piano doubling bass in octaves on the fifth and sixth measures. On the bridge the rhythm section plays mostly dotted quarter notes, with another piano/bass line on the last two measures. The bass line continues through the D section. In the first and fifth measures of this section, the offbeat bass rhythms are written as triplets (the third triplet of each beat) to line up with the triplets in the melody. All these rhythm section figures are notated in our two-staff Concert Condensed Score, which is the rhythm section part. Solos are on the whole form without the rhythm section figures; on the recording, the first chorus of each solo has a 1-feel, followed by a 3-feel (walking bass) on the second chorus.
On the recording, the horns play in octaves almost throughout, with harmony only on the third and fourth measures of the second A section. We have decided to include the harmonies in our lead sheets, instead of writing second horn parts.
Ralph Moore played on half of Roy's debut album as a leader, "Diamond In The Rough." Roy and Ralph recorded together in some unexpected situations: a big band accompanying Diana Ross in 1992 for the live album "Stolen Moments," and one album each by veteran pianists Cedar Walton and Oscar Peterson in 1996. Walton's recording, featuring a sextet and titled "Composer," also has Victor Lewis on drums.
October 16, 1969 – November 2, 2018
Roy Hargrove was a pioneer in modern hard-bop jazz and is widely regarded as one of the best trumpeters to emerge from the 1990s. As a high school student in Waco, Texas, young Roy met Wynton Marsalis in 1987. Impressed with the young man's talent, Wynton encouraged Roy. In April, 1988, while still a teenager, Roy traveled to NYC and slept on the couch in Don Sickler's rehearsal studio in preparation for his recording debut in the big leagues with Don ("Superblue"). Before leaving New York on that trip he also recorded with alto saxophonist Bobby Watson ("No Question About It"). Read more...