Loose Suite – Ronnie Mathews
This composition makes a big impact with its dissonant harmonies and vigorous rhythmic drive. The Solo Piano Arrangement, available for download, has Ronnie's own voicings as heard in this recording.
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- Recording: Louis Hayes - The Real Thing
- Recorded on: May 27, 1977
- Label: Muse (MT 5125)
- Concert Key: G minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (uptempo)
- Trumpet - Woody Shaw
- Soprano Sax - Rene McLean
- Piano - Ronnie Mathews
- Bass - Stafford James
- Drums - Louis Hayes
The piano plays the melody. The actual voicings that Ronnie used in performance are in his Solo Piano Arrangement. The bass starts arco, then switches to pizz. The melody form: AA1 [even 8th drum feel] - BB1 - CC1 (both Latin 6/8 on the toms). The momentum in the head builds by removing the last two measures of each repeating A and B section. The second C ends with a written break for the melody that sets up the return to A differently. It's notated so you can return to the second measure of A and repeat the whole head. The tempo is flying so it doesn't take long to get through the repeating head. The very last C leads into the solo section.
On the recording, Woody Shaw makes his first entrance as a soloist. The solo form is written out in a 40-measure DD - EE ["broken time"] - D format. The drummer is always the last soloist and sets up for the last two As of the melody. They're written out again because the second four measures of the second A ritards to half time into the last two held chords. It's a very dramatic effect.
December 2, 1935 – June 28, 2008
Ronnie Mathews was born in Brooklyn, NY. He studied at Brooklyn College, and also with pianist/composer/arranger Hall Overton starting in 1953, then continuing his music education at Manhattan School Of Music from 1955-1958. He played with Gloria Lynne (1958-1960) and started his small group jazz recording career with Charles Persip And The Jazz Statesmen for Bethlehem records on April 2, 1960. He also performed with Kenny Dorham in 1960 and 1961, as well as recording in 1961 on sessions with leaders Clifford Jordan (February 14), Roland Alexander (June 17), his own trio session for Savoy (June 19, unissued), Bill Hardman (October 18), and Junior Cook (December 4). Read more...