Meddle My Minor – Charlie Shavers
This minor-key medium-up song comes from a Gene Krupa recording where it is naturally a drum feature. Our lead sheet includes the "shout" section on the first half of the out head, with send-offs for the drums.
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- Recording: Gene Krupa - Gene Krupa Sextet
- Recorded on: February 2, 1954
- Label: Clef (89119)
- Concert Key: F minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Charlie Shavers
- Trombone - Bill Harris
- Tenor Sax - Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
- Piano - Teddy Wilson
- Bass - Ray Brown
- Drums - Gene Krupa
The arrangement on the recording starts with 8 measures of drums—Gene Krupa plays his classic floor tom beat here and in several solo fills. Sixteen measures with horns trading with the drums leads into the head, where our audio clip starts. Another eight-measure drum solo separates the head and the solo choruses. The out chorus has "shout" figures in the first four measures of each A section as a send-off for the drums. The piano again solos on the bridge, with the out C section being the same as the in head—tagged to end with more drum fills.
Our C treble clef lead sheet shows Teddy Wilson's piano solos on the bridges of both in and out choruses.
August 3, 1920 – July 8, 1972
Charlie Shavers' virtuosity and effervescent style marked him as one of the great trumpeters of the swing era. Born in New York, he originally took up the piano and banjo before switching to trumpet. In 1935 he was with Tiny Bradshaw's band, joining Lucky Millinder's big band two years later. He became a key member of John Kirby's sextet at age 16, becoming a soloist. One of his arrangements with Kirby, Undecided, is now a jazz standard. Read more...