Little Joe – Frank Socolow
A bright-toned medium-up swinger based on "rhythm changes" but with a different bridge. Our lead sheet includes the coda from the recording.
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- Recording: Frank Socolow - Sounds By Socolow
- Recorded on: November, 1956
- Label: Bethlehem (BCP 70)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trombone - Eddie Bert
- Alto Sax - Frank Socolow
- Guitar - Sal Salvador
- Piano - Eddie Costa
- Bass - Bill Takas
- Drums - Jimmy Campbell
This recording has an arrangement by Bill Holman which features three-part voicings on some of the head (tenor sax on the melody, trombone and guitar harmonizing below). There is a "send off" for the piano solo, a shout chorus, and a clever coda. This song works without the arrangement, but the coda is shown in our lead sheet. It starts with a tag from the last two measures of the head, followed by four measures of 3/4 in which the beginning of the melody is stretched out to dotted quarter notes, harmonized in rising and falling chords into a final hit.
One measure of the head—the last measure of the second A section—is different on the recording from our lead sheet. We've chosen to go with Frank's original manuscript; the different notes on the recording may be a mistake.
The range of this melody is relatively specific for tenor sax. In the sounding octave it goes too low for trumpet, so our B♭ lead sheet works for both instruments in their respective octaves. Trumpeters have the option to play the coda down an octave. The E♭ lead sheet is written in the same register—rather low for alto sax; alto players have the option to take the head an octave up.
September 18, 1923 – April 30, 1981
Often overlooked as he played primarily in big bands and only recorded two sessions as a leader, Frank Socolow was nonetheless a modestly important figure on the early bebop scene. He is best known for his first recording as a leader, a May 1945 quintet session featuring the under-recorded but legendary trumpeter Freddie Webster as well as then-emerging master pianist Bud Powell. This session is notable for being Powell's first recording outside of Cootie Williams' big band and sextet. Read more...