Mabel Is Able – Robert Watson
Samba in 7/4—an exciting rhythmic challenge! Detailed rhythm section parts show how the groove works; we also have a full score besides a complete set of first and second horn parts.
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- Recording: Bobby Watson - Midwest Shuffle
- Recorded on: October, 1993
- Label: Columbia (CK 57697)
- Concert Key: D-flat, No key center
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Latin (Samba)
- Trumpet - Terell Stafford
- Alto Sax - Bobby Watson
- Piano - Edward Simon
- Bass - Essiet Essiet
- Drums - Victor Lewis
This song has a slightly irregular form in a classic Bobby Watson style. The A, B, and C sections each repeat a variation of the theme at least twice, but in different lengths. A starts with three measures of 7/4 followed by 4/4—first with two 4/4 measures and then four on the repeat of the theme. The B section consists of three alternations of one measure in 7/4 and two of 4/4, while C stays in 7/4 for 10 measures finishing with three 3/4 measures. The changes are cyclical throughout, approaching a D♭ major key center at the A section but a bit less obvious at B and C; we show no key signature. The B section has a mostly rising set of II-V7s, and C vamps a two-measure phrase alternating resolutions to G♭ major and B♭ minor. The 3/4 measures at the end of the form descend chromatically to resolve into the next chorus. Solos are on the same form as the head, but without the breaks. The coda consists of one more break finishing on a unison D♭.
About the arrangement: Full score and parts are available for the quintet arrangement. The rhythm section parts are very detailed showing how the odd-meter groove works. The first horn parts are also the lead sheets; because the trumpet part is in a relatively low register, we have tenor sax and trombone first parts as well as second parts. Bobby changed the arrangement slightly after this recording; the second part harmony notes at the end of the head are different from what he originally played.
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...