Lona – Mario Bauzá
Recorded 81 years ago, this is the oldest song in our catalog. Written for Chick Webb's big band by one of the most important early developers of Latin jazz, this song is in some ways far ahead of its time.
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- Recording: Chick Webb - Chick Webb And His Orchestra With Mario Bauzá 78 rpm
- Recorded on: September 10, 1934
- Label: Decca (172B)
- Concert Key: D
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Alto Sax - Edgar Sampson, Pete Clark
- Tenor Sax - Elmer Williams, Wayman Carver
- Trumpet - Mario Bauza, Bobby Stark, Taft Jordan
- Trombone - Sandy Williams, Claude Jones
- Guitar - John Trueheart
- Piano - Joe Steele
- Bass - John Kirby
- Drums - Chick Webb
The lead sheet includes the melody as Mario plays it on the recording, as well as the lead trumpet and lead alto sax lines in the last chorus, a shout chorus that is a variation of the in melody. On this recording, there is a slower, four-measure rubato intro featuring the tenor sax on a low-register melody. The head is open to further interpretation with different rhythms and embellishments.
April 11, 1911 – July 11, 1993
Mario Bauzá is considered today to be one of the most important forces in the Afro-Cuban jazz movement—perhaps even the founding father of Latin jazz. His classical training, deep knowledge of Cuban music and love of jazz combined to make him uniquely able to compose Cuban-jazz integrations in the 1940s. Read more...