Love Remains – Pamela Baskin-Watson & Robert Watson
A soulful, bittersweet song with a slow bolero groove. The long melody leaves plenty of room for expressive embellishment, as Bobby Watson shows on the recording.
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- Recording: Bobby Watson - Love Remains
- Recorded on: November 13, 1986
- Label: Red Records (NS 212)
- Concert Key: G minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Latin (Bolero)
- Alto Sax - Bobby Watson
- Piano - John Hicks
- Bass - Curtis Lundy
- Drums - Marvin “Smitty” Smith
Our lead sheet shows the rhythm section intro from this recording, which establishes the bass vamp for four measures before the melody. The ending vamps the last melody phrase; on this original recording it is tagged three times, without the open repeat indicated in the lead sheet.
Because this song has so many long melody notes, it's a great vehicle for expressive interpretation and embellishment. Check out how Bobby Watson plays the melody on this recording for inspiration in this regard. Though he varies many melody phrases, one note is consistently different from how it's shown in our lead sheet: in the 10th measure of A he starts the phrase on beat 3 with G rather than A. We show A as that's how it is in our original manuscript.
born on July 22, 1953
Kansas-born Pamela Baskin-Watson is a versatile pianist, vocalist, composer, arranger and educator. She began studying the piano during her high school years at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri. She continued her music education studying piano and accompaniment at the University of Miami. In 1976, upon moving to New York City, she developed a strong reputation as a freelance accompanist. A number of Pamela’s compositions and arrangements have been recorded by major jazz musicians such as Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Betty Carter, Bobby Watson, Roy Hargrove, Victor Lewis, Terell Stafford, James Williams and Kevin Mahogany. Read more...
born on August 23, 1953
Robert "Bobby" Watson, who was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas, grew up to become a jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger and education of formidable talent and acclaim. He got his degree from the University of Miami before becoming a member (and later the musical director) of legendary drummer Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. He remained an invaluable member for four years, from 1977 until 1981. Read more...