Last Call – Eric Alexander & Jim Rotondi
A medium-slow swinger with a laid-back yet cooking groove. Second parts and condensed score are available for the quintet arrangement.
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- Recording: Jim Rotondi - Jim's Bop
- Recorded on: October 13, 1997
- Label: Criss Cross Jazz (1156)
- Concert Key: G
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (slow)
- Flugelhorn - Jim Rotondi
- Tenor Sax - Eric Alexander
- Piano - Harold Mabern
- Bass - John Webber
- Drums - Joe Farnsworth
The ostinato, which alternates G7 and F7 chords, continues until the 7th measure where the rhythm section goes to 4-feel. The harmonic pattern continues with E♭7, going up to E7 to lead into a slightly disguised II-V7 back to G. In the second A section these changes are extended with a chromatically descending "tag" from Bm7, with more added secondary dominant chords in the last cadence. Solos use a 4-feel throughout. The changes in the ostinato sections of the head are written the way they appear in the solos, with G7 on the first beat; on the head it's delayed until the second beat.
A Concert Condensed Score and second parts are available for the quintet arrangement. The horns switch between unison and octaves, harmonizing in thirds only in the first, seventh, and eighth measures. On the recording the tenor sax plays a different harmony note (the seventh of the chord) in the seventh and eighth measures of the second A, but in the out head—which is the second A only—the tenor plays the same as the first A. The coda continues the ostinato vamp and fades out; on the recording Jim Rotondi solos on this vamp, with tenor sax backgrounds coming in after the first two measures.
born on August 4, 1968
A straight-ahead jazz saxophonist, Eric Alexander is known for his sophisticated hard- and post-bop style. Born in Illinois, he began as a classical musician studying alto sax, but quickly began an obsession with the tenor saxophone at Indiana University at Bloomington. Inspired to pursue his musical pursuits further, Eric transferred to William Paterson College in New Jersey, where he studied with jazz legends like Harold Mabern, Joe Lovano, Norman Simmons and Rufus Reid. After receiving his degree, he moved back to the Midwest, where he became a fixture in the Chicago club scene touring with Charles Earland. Read more...
born on August 28, 1962
A major straight-ahead trumpeter and flugelhornist worldwide for twenty years, Jim Rotondi has charmed the jazz world with his warm tone, versatility and soulful improvisation. Born and raised in Montana—an unlikely place for a jazz musician—Jim was inspired by his musical family to take up the piano at age eight. At twelve, he switched to the trumpet. There was very little musical community to speak of in his hometown of Butte, but like many trumpeters, early exposure to a Clifford Brown vinyl set captured Jim's imagination and kindled within him a lifelong passion for jazz. Read more...