Jewel's Tempo – Booker Little
A bouncy, bright-toned medium-up song that deserves wider recognition. Second parts and Concert Condensed Score are available for the two-horn arrangement, as well as a transcription of Booker's solo.
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- Recording: Booker Little - Booker Little 4
- Recorded on: October, 1958
- Label: United Artist (UAL 4034)
- Concert Key: E-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Booker Little
- Tenor Sax - George Coleman
- Piano - Tommy Flanagan
- Bass - Art Davis
- Drums - Max Roach
A couple of quirks in the changes are smoothed out in the solos. On the head, the 11th measure of the A section has Dm7♭5 followed by B♭7 to resolve back to E♭maj7 in the next measure; in the solos these last two chords are cleverly replaced by G7 and Cm. The third measure of the bridge has an unusual side-slip in the head, Em7 to A♭7 going to D minor; the expected A7 is used instead of A♭7 in the solos.
Second parts are available for the quintet arrangement, as well as a Concert Condensed Score. The second part hits with the rhythm section in the first three measures, but elsewhere the horns are mostly harmonized, often in thirds. The rising whole-tone scale lines in the second half of the bridge alternate between octaves and thirds, with contrary motion in the last measure.
For Booker's solo, click on the Solos tab.
April 2, 1938 – October 5, 1961
A tragic loss to the world of jazz at age 23! Hearing is certainly believing: in Booker's short life, he still was able to leave us with recordings and compositions that are guaranteed to astonish and captivate. His effortless-sounding virtuosity ranks him as one of the greatest trumpet players. He was also a gifted composer, who obviously took composing very seriously, as his recording output shows. Booker began on trumpet when he was 12 and played with Johnny Griffin and the MJT + 3 while attending the Chicago Conservatory. He worked with Max Roach (1958-1959) and then freelanced in New York. He recorded with Roach and Abbey Lincoln, was on John Coltrane's Africa/Brass album, and was well-documented during a July 1961 gig at the Five Spot with Eric Dolphy. Booker Little led four sessions before his tragic early death. Read more...