Meant To Be! – Ray Bryant & Fleurine Mehldau
A romantic lyric accompanies the melody of Ray Bryant's bouncy composition, originally titled Chicken An' Dumplins. Lead sheets available in two keys. Full vocal track recorded by Tina May exclusively for jazzleadsheets.com plus Minus You practice track without vocals available.
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- Recording: Tina May & Ray Bryant - The Ray Bryant Songbook
- Recorded on: November 22, 2002
- Label: 33Jazz (150)
- Concert Key: A, A-flat, G
- Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano, G3 to B-flat4
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Vocal - Tina May
- Piano - Ray Bryant
- Trumpet - Don Sickler
- Alto Sax - Bobby Porcelli
- Tenor Sax - Patience Higgins
- Baritone Sax - Jay Brandford
- Bass - Tim Givens
- Drums - Vince Cherico
- Arranger - Don Sickler
Lyric Description: Every sign, both from the natural world and the spiritual one, indicates this love affair is destined to be—Meant To Be!—if only the other person would pay attention.
No-vocal version: An accompaniment-only MP3 track of Tina May's version is available (in the key of G). This version includes a solo section and a shout chorus, as does the lead sheet.
Tina May's complete recorded version (excerpt above), with Ray Bryant on piano, is exclusively available here, as an MP3.
The second audio excerpt above is from the first vocal recording by vocalist/lyricist Fleurine (in A-flat) available in our Sing JAZZ! songbook, a collection of stunning, lesser-known vocal selections from the Second Floor Music repertoire (Sing JAZZ! contents).
Lead sheets for the instrumental version, Chicken An' Dumplins in D concert, are also on jazzleadsheets.com.
Vocal range: key of G– melody G3-Bb4, shout chorus extends to E5 [mezzo]; key of A– melody A3-C5, shout chorus extends to F#5 [mezzo]
If another key would be better for you, send the key you'd like to Don and we'll post the transposition on the website for purchase. If you're not sure which key is best, send us your range and we'll work with you to figure out the best key.
"Years later, when Tina May approached Ray and I with her idea for the Ray Bryant Songbook project, Ray thought Meant To Be! would be a good song to include. As it turned out, we recorded more songs than would fit on one CD, and Meant To Be had to be left off. Now, we can make Tina and Ray's recording available through jazzleadsheets.com. Note: this is the only time Ray ever recorded this composition. He hadn't even recorded the instrumental Chicken An' Dumplins (see my notes). The session was engineered by the legendary Rudy Van Gelder. Read more about the Tina May/Ray Bryant project in the Historical Notes for Fantasy For Two."
You can purchase Fleurine's version at iTunes.
December 24, 1931 – June 2, 2011
Following performances in his native Philadelphia with guitarist Tiny Grimes and as house pianist at the Blue Note Club with Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Miles Davis and others, Ray Bryant came to New York in the mid-1950s. His first jazz recording session in New York was with Toots Thielemans (August, 1955) for Columbia Records. That session led to his own trio sessions as well as sessions with vocalist Betty Carter for Epic Records in May and June ("Meet Betty Carter and Ray Bryant"). On August 5, 1955, Ray recorded with Miles Davis, and on December 2, 1955, with Sonny Rollins, both for Prestige Records. Read more...
born on April 3, 1966