Lamentations For R And D – Justin Robinson
A passionate tribute to pianist Ronnie Mathews and bassist Dwayne Burno, subtle in its simplicity like many Justin Robinson songs. A transcription of Justin's fiery solo is available.
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- Recording: Justin Robinson - At First Light
- Recorded on: June 6, 2017
- Label: WJ3 (1022)
- Concert Key: No key center
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Latin (medium)
- Alto Sax - Justin Robinson
- Piano - Sharp Radway
- Bass - Ameen Saleem
- Drums - Jeremy "Bean" Clemons
There is an intro unrelated to the head, at a ballad tempo. It's a 12-measure solo section over repeated descending minor II-V7 changes from Am7(♭5) (III-VI7-II-V7 in the key of F). This leads to a drum solo interlude, first rubato and then in time for 16 measures; the piano and bass then enter to set up the groove, with eight measures of F7sus vamp before the head. Our audio excerpt starts on this vamp. The ending is unexpected: the repeat of the out head is only seven measures long, ending on Gmaj7.
A transcription of Justin's alto sax solo and melody interpretation is available; click on Solos for more details.
"Nothing Serious" also featured bassist Dwayne Burno, the "D" in this song's title. Dwayne played on three of Justin's albums: "The Challenge," "In The Spur Of The Moment", and "Alana's Fantasy." Dwayne also played with Justin on "Reconstruccion" by pianist Sebastian Chames as well as "Haunted Melodies," an all-star tribute album to Rahsaan Roland Kirk.
born on August 14, 1968
Justin Robinson is an important member of the generation of jazz musicians who began their careers in the late 1980s to early 1990s. Justin got his professional start at age 18 in the Harper Brothers Quintet, making his first recording with them in 1988. Three years later, he made his first recording with Roy Hargrove, on pianist Stephen Scott's debut album "Something To Consider." Justin would continue playing with Roy for the rest of Roy's life. Read more...