Karita – Robert Watson
One of Watson's most engaging titles, this is Latin with a syncopated melody that's easy to remember.
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- Recording: Bobby Watson - Beatitudes
- Recorded on: April 11, 1983
- Label: New Note (KM 11876)
- Concert Key: No key center
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Latin (Samba)
- Alto Sax - Bobby Watson
- Piano - Mulgrew Miller
- Bass - Curtis Lundy
- Drums - Kenny Washington
The tune is based in E♭ major, however the tonic is only played at the beginning of each A section. The lack of resolution at the end of each section provides a sense of harmonic anticipation and creates a greater pull towards the tonic. The bridge is centered around A♭ major, however, with simpler chord changes than the A sections. Watson adds a good amount of tritone substitutions and other alterations to add harmonic interest, particularly at the end of the A sections where the melody remains on one note. The solos in this recording are supported by a relaxed Latin groove with a strong two-feel in the bass, allowing for rhythmic experimentation on the part of the soloist.
Karita was also recorded on Bobby's Amigo album "Jewel" in 1983 and again in 1984 on "Advance."
born on August 24, 1953
Robert "Bobby" Watson, who was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas, grew up to become a jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger and education of formidable talent and acclaim. He got his degree from the University of Miami before becoming a member (and later the musical director) of legendary drummer Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. He remained an invaluable member for four years, from 1977 until 1981. Read more...