Jo-B – Bill Hardman
A funky Latin piece with a brassy, swinging B section.
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- Recording: Bill Hardman - Bill Hardman Quintet
- Recorded on: October 18, 1961
- Label: Savoy (MG 12170)
- Concert Key: F minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Latin/swing (medium)
- Trumpet - Bill Hardman
- Alto Sax - Sonny Red
- Piano - Ronnie Mathews
- Bass - Doug Watkins
- Drums - Jimmy Cobb
Bill returned to the trumpet/alto sax front line format in 1960, when he started a long relationship working and recording with Lou Donaldson. Bill obviously liked the trumpet/alto sax combination and invited Sonny Red to join him for this session. Bill had recorded previously with bassist Doug Watkins on "Jackie McLean & Co.," February 8, 1957, but hadn't recorded with any of the other members of this ensemble prior to this date.
Essential Bass (Doug Watkins) [LEVEL 2]
This piece starts with an eight-measure bass line. On the recording, the bass line is reinforced with left hand piano (Ronnie Mathews) playing the line with bassist Doug Watkins. On the repeat of the Intro, the horns interject a repeating one-measure rhythmic line that syncs up with the bass line in every other measure. For the A sections of the melody, the bass line remains constant, while the horn melody creates a new rhythmic pattern against the bass line. Make sure the bass line is locked in so the horns can interpret the melody against it. The intro and A sections are Latin, but the bridge is 4-feel swing, so the bassist has to make sure to hold the same tempo when the bass walks the bridge, then keeps the same tempo going back into Latin for C (the last A section). Our bass part has Doug Watkins' bass line cued into the bridge.
April 6, 1933 – December 6, 1990
While still in high school in his home town of Cleveland, Ohio, Bill got to play with Tadd Dameron. After graduation, he toured with Tiny Bradshaw (1953-1955) and recorded R&B sessions with him in each of these years. Hardman recorded his first jazz session with Jackie McLean on August 31, 1956 ("Jackie's Pal - Jackie McLean Quintet Introducing Bill Hardman" for Prestige Records). Both musicians joined Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers, first doing a "Stars of Jazz" TV show in Los Angeles, October 30, 1956, then recording the album "Hard Bop" for Columbia Records on December 12, 1956. Read more...