Melodious Funk – Meredith d'Ambrosio
A slinky swing with a laid-back vibe. The lyric compares the loss after losing love to a sad blues, but this also makes a great instrumental. Lead sheets in two keys. Full vocal track available.
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- Recording: Meredith d'Ambrosio - Wishing On The Moon
- Recorded on: July 24, 2004
- Label: Sunnyside (SSC 1159)
- Concert Key: A-flat, D-flat
- Vocal Range: Contralto, C3 to D-flat4 written 8va
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Vocal - Meredith d'Ambrosio
- Piano - Cecilia Coleman
- Bass - Tim Givens
- Drums - Vince Cherico
One particularly nice feature is the way in which the descending harmony and descending melody go together, offering a good opportunity for a singer to really get in sync with the rhythm section. This recording begins with an eight-bar rhythm section introduction that features the drums. Meredith comes in on the A section and sings the form all the way through. Cecilia Coleman takes a chorus-long piano solo, followed by one chorus of soloing from Tim Givens on the bass. Then Cecilia and drummer Vince Cherico converse with a chorus of trading fours. Meredith comes back in on the A and sings it out, ending with an unusual chord that has quite a bit of mysterious flair. Meredith's deep voice is showcased in the original key of D-flat, but we also offer this chart in A-flat to suit a standard alto range.
Lyric Description: Meredith's lyric compares the sense of loss and loneliness after a relationship to a sad blues—a funk that, while "melodious," is so deep and blue that the singer longs to be brought out of it.
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.
Craig Russo's Latin Jazz Project performed it as an instrumental.
See other compositions from Meredith's "Wishing On The Moon" album.
born on March 15, 1941
The Boston-born daughter of two professional musicians, Meredith d'Ambrosio far surpasses the layman's use of the term "renaissance woman." Known not only for her musical endeavors, d'Ambrosio is also a visual artist of recognition—an indication of versatility that has undoubtedly added dimension and beauty to all of her endeavors. It's been said of Meredith that she is an artist whose original songs, as well as her lyrics to other composers' music, always have a deep ring of truth. Read more...