Juju Knows – Rob Bargad
A bright-toned 3/4 song with quite a long form and a lot of open space. Though it was recorded on an album by vocalist Carolyn Leonhart, it's an instrumental recording with no vocals.
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- Recording: Carolyn Leonhart - Steal The Moon
- Recorded on: January 12, 1999
- Label: Sunnyside (SSC 1086D)
- Concert Key: F
- Style: 3/4 swing (medium up)
- Piano - Rob Bargad
- Bass - Jay Leonhart
- Drums - Jimmy Cobb
- Percussion - Daniel Sadownick
Juju Knows is a 3/4 song with an open-ended sound. Though F major is the basic key center in the A section, the B section has more of an F minor tonality. The form is quite long: a 22-measure A section, repeated twice, and a 16-measure B section which is also repeated twice. The long notes of the melody give this song a lot of space. In the A section the melody has a generally downward direction, coming back up in the last six measures. The B section melody repeats a mostly descending phrase twice, for a total of four times in two B sections. The changes have a mix of II-V7s and more unexpected movement, with the B section lacking dominant chords except for the C7sus in the first ending. The second B section ends with a rather unexpected C major chord; Rob sometimes plays Cmaj7(♯11) here.
On this recording, there is an intro that vamps the first four measures. This vamp returns between the piano solo and the out head. At the end of the out head Rob holds the last chord and then plays two more rubato B sections.
born on September 7, 1962
Boston-native Rob Bargad is an accomplished pianist, organist, composer, songwriter, arranger, producer and teacher. In 1984 he began his jazz career accompanying Little Jimmy Scott and Dakota Staton in New York City. He toured the United States as the pianist for vibes master Lionel Hampton, the Harper Brothers and most notably, the late cornetist Nat Adderley. Rob played and recorded with Adderley for eight years. Read more...