Ittapnna – Walter Bolden
This medium up swing was inspired by the kind of melody licks Howard McGhee enjoyed playing.
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- Recording: Howard McGhee - Howard McGhee Volume 2
- Recorded on: May 10, 1953
- Label: Blue Note (BLP 5024)
- Concert Key: F
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Howard McGhee
- Alto Sax - Gigi Gryce
- Guitar - Tal Farlow
- Piano - Horace Silver
- Bass - Percy Heath
- Drums - Walter Bolden
"As Walter knew, if you wanted the leader to record your composition, it'd better be something he'd like to play. Howard McGhee was a fiery trumpet player. Melody licks like you hear in the B section of the audio excerpt are exactly what interested him."
The introduction is also used as the closing coda, as you'll see indicated in the lead sheets.
This session with Howard McGhee was Tal's second Blue Note sideman date; the first was four months earlier on a Gil Melle session at Rudy Van Gelder's Hackensack studio. Both of these led to Tal's first leader session (also for Blue Note) a little less than a year later.
Ittapnna is Walter's first recorded composition. As Horace tells in his autobiography, Let's Get to the Nitty Gritty, "We got in a kick of calling each other by our names spelled backward. Walter Bolden on drums was Retlaw Nedlob. . . . I was Ecaroh Revlis." Ann Patti must have been around the musicians at that time, from the song title.
In later years, Walter wrote quite a few original compositions, including Mr. A.T. Revisited, dedicated to drummer Art Taylor.
Composer and drummer Walter Bolden wrote a wildly fast bebop part to conclude the B section—the kind of thing leader Howard McGhee loved to dazzle people with. Tal sits out when this melody comes around, but he makes up for it with a tasteful solo chorus before the out head.
December 17, 1925 – February 7, 2002
Drummer Walter Bolden went to the Hartt School Of Music in Hartford, Connecticut, from 1945 to 1947, simultaneously playing with saxophonist Gigi Gryce from 1945 through 1948. He worked in pianist Horace Silver's Trio from 1947 to 1951. Read more...