Left Side – Roy Hargrove
This song has two contrasting sections, one with a broken time feel and the other swinging. Both are harmonically open-ended and there is no key center. Second parts are available for the quintet arrangement.
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- Recording: Roy Hargrove - Of Kindred Souls
- Recorded on: January - February, 1993
- Label: Novus (63154-2)
- Concert Key: No key center
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Roy Hargrove
- Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax - Ron Blake
- Piano - Marc Cary
- Bass - Rodney Whitaker
- Drums - Gregory Hutchinson
The swinging A section alternates four measures each of E♭maj7 and Dmaj7; the melody here has an improvised sound due to its lack of repetition and irregular phrase lengths. The melody on the last four measures rises, falls, and rises again into the broken-time B section, which features an open-ended A pedal; usually A13sus and Asus(♭9) are alternated for two measures each, but on the recording Amaj7 and Am(maj7) are occasionally used. The melody in this section consists of a triumphant phrase in half notes implying E major, first played softly in a lower octave and then louder an octave higher. The last four measures of this section descend in both melody and harmony back to the top of the form.
The solo form is the same as the A and B sections, but with a 4-feel throughout. The intro actually begins with the last four measures of the A section; Roy starts these alone, with the band coming in on the fourth measure and playing one B section as the rest of the intro, going to A. The out head consists of only one A section, ending on the last chord. This is set up by the melody of the last four measures of B, played at the end of the last solo chorus.
About the arrangement: The horns play in unison or octaves for most of the head. In a few places they are harmonized in thirds or fifths.
October 16, 1969 – November 2, 2018
Roy Hargrove was a pioneer in modern hard-bop jazz and is widely regarded as one of the best trumpeters to emerge from the 1990s. As a high school student in Waco, Texas, young Roy met Wynton Marsalis in 1987. Impressed with the young man's talent, Wynton encouraged Roy. In April, 1988, while still a teenager, Roy traveled to NYC and slept on the couch in Don Sickler's rehearsal studio in preparation for his recording debut in the big leagues with Don ("Superblue"). Before leaving New York on that trip he also recorded with alto saxophonist Bobby Watson ("No Question About It"). Read more...