Joe Said So – Jon Gordon
An open-ended, modal song that works particularly well in a duo or trio setting without bass. Check out our guitar duo video!
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- Recording: Jon Gordon - Within Worlds
- Recorded on: July 10, 2005
- Label: Artist Share (AS 0074)
- Concert Key: E
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Alto Sax - Jon Gordon
- Guitar - Ben Monder
- Drums - Billy Drummond
On this recording there is a 16-measure drum intro; the coda repeats the last eight measures (really one four-measure phrase twice) one more time. The guitar doubles the alto sax melody in these last eight measures of the head.
Jon recalls that he performed this composition at semifinals for the 1996 Thelonious Monk Competition (which he won) at which Joe Lovano, the inspiration for the composition, was a judge. In 1999, Jon had an injury that resulted in the loss of his ability to control his fourth finger. Because of that, he can no longer play certain sequences of notes. This variation on the melody of Joe Said So was created as a modification for Jon's injury—but the result is a delightful twist on composition.
For another from "Within Worlds" check out Sicily. Jon Gordon originally recorded Joe Said So in 1994, on his quintet album ""Ask Me Now." This version keeps the open-ended feel in a setting with piano and bass. Billy Drummond is on drums on both recordings.
Monder also takes a powerful solo, culminating in an intense, impressionistic, McCoy Tyner meets Monet chordal smearing atop Billy Drummond's driving beat.
Guitar Duet: both use Guitar part. The C treble clef lead sheet (Guitar) shows the melody. If you are playing accompaniment—the underlying pedal and harmonic input (2nd part)—you'll want the same C treble clef lead sheet (Guitar) to look at to see the rhythmic flow of the melody. At letter C, the third eight-measure section of the melody, both instruments can play the melody together for the first seven measures as they do on the recording.
The lead sheets shows a 16 measure drum intro. For a duet-only performance, we recommend an eight measure guitar pedal/harmonic input intro to set up the melody instrument.
On our video, Bruce Acosta (guitar) plays the in and out melody while Liam Broderick (guitar) supplies the accompaniment for both. They start the solo section by switching roles: Liam takes the first solo, with Bruce covering the E pedal and harmonic accompaniment. After Liam's one-chorus solo, they switch roles again, with Bruce soloing, then Bruce plays the out melody once, going to the Coda. Composer Jon Gordon's original intent was to have both players play the melody at C. On this video, Liam does it an alternate way, continuing to comp at C under Bruce's melody.
born on December 23, 1966
Modern alto saxophonist and composer Jon Gordon is a driving force in cutting-edge jazz. A native New Yorker, he began his musical exploration at the age of ten, encouraged by his musical family. He attended Performing Arts High School and studied saxophone privately in his teen years and showed significant promise, winning numerous awards at a young age. His love for jazz began as a teenager after listening to a Phil Woods record; not long after, he began to study with Phil Woods himself after sitting in with Eddie Chamblee at Sweet Basil. Jon studied at Manhattan School of Music, during which time he worked with Roy Eldridge, Leon Parker, Doc Cheatham, Larry Goldings, Al Grey, Eddie Locke, Red Rodney, and Mel Lewis. Read more...