João – Tommy Turrentine
A cheerful Brazilian-influenced composition.
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- Recording: Stanley Turrentine - Nightwings
- Recorded on: June or July, 1977
- Label: Fantasy (F 9534)
- Concert Key: C
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Latin (Samba - medium slow)
- Tenor Sax - Stanley Turrentine
- Keyboards - Paul Griffin
- Guitars - Eric Gale, Cornell Dupree
- Electric Bass - Gary King
- Drums - Charles Collins
- Percussion - Crusher Bennett
- - plus horns and strings
- Arranger - Claus Ogerman
"To introduce this song in a way closer to Tommy's original intention, our audio excerpt starts on Stanley's second A section so you hear the A section going right into B, the same way our ABA lead sheet is written. Tommy also heard specific shifts in the melodic rhythm, especially in the B section, but Stanley made all the bridge rhythms the same on his recording. It's common for performing artists to reconstruct a song to their liking, but we've notated Tommy's rhythms in our lead sheet.. Now you can hear how Tommy's younger brother interprets his older brother's melody, and you can also see the way Tommy wrote it out."
Don continues: "Stanley is the much more widely-known brother, with many, many recordings as a leader. However, I heard from Stanley's own lips that he felt Tommy was the strongest musical talent in the family. Tommy was a great trumpet player and very gifted composer. Check out his instrumental Gone But Not Forgotten and a composition with lyric, Big Brown Eyes."
April 22, 1928 – May 13, 1997
Trumpeter Tommy Turrentine, brother of saxophonist Stanley, started his performing career with the band of Earl Bostic. He often played and recorded with Max Roach during the 1950s and 60s. During this time, Tommy collaborated with Julian Priester to write the hit song As Long As You're Living, to which Oscar Brown soon wrote a lyric (titled Long As You're Living). The vocal version was first recorded by Abbey Lincoln in 1959 and has gone on to be recorded by several other major jazz vocalists like Karrin Allyson, Claudia Acuña, and more recently, Cyrilee Aimèe. This composition is available in Second Floor Music's Sing JAZZ! Read more...