Jeremy Isaiah – Justin Robinson
One of Justin Robinson's more harmonically advanced compositions, this medium swinger features piano and bass figures in contrary motion that fill in around the melody. A combined piano and bass part is available.
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- Recording: Justin Robinson - Alana's Fantasy
- Recorded on: November 4, 2013
- Label: Criss Cross Jazz (1371)
- Concert Key: No key center
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Trumpet - Mike Rodriguez
- Alto Sax - Justin Robinson
- Piano - Sullivan Fortner
- Bass - Dwayne Burno
- Drums - Willie Jones III
In the first three measures of the A and C sections, the melody notes are filled in by a rhythm section countermelody—or rather two countermelodies. There's an ascending line in the piano right hand, harmonized with a descending line in the piano left hand and bass. On the first chorus of the first solo, the bass plays the same descending line in the A and C sections. The bridge of the head also begins with a double countermelody, one measure in contrary motion and the next in parallel motion. We show all these lines in a combined piano/bass part, which also includes a few notable piano voicings.
On the recording, the horns play the melody in octaves. There's one trumpet harmony note above the alto sax melody—E harmonizing C♯ a 10th above in the second measure. We have decided not to show this in our lead sheets because we want to make it clear which note is the melody here.
This album is Justin's only recording so far with trumpeter Mike Rodriguez, who has recorded on albums by several other alto saxophonists including Miguel Zenon, Yosvany Terry, and David Bixler. Mike also played on Chick Corea's last studio album, "Antidote."
born on August 14, 1968
Justin Robinson is an important member of the generation of jazz musicians who began their careers in the late 1980s to early 1990s. Justin got his professional start at age 18 in the Harper Brothers Quintet, making his first recording with them in 1988. Three years later, he made his first recording with Roy Hargrove, on pianist Stephen Scott's debut album "Something To Consider." Justin would continue playing with Roy for the rest of Roy's life. Read more...