Minor Dues – Jon Gordon
A slinky minor blues. The head has an 8-measure bridge, but the solos are only on the 12-measure blues form.
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- Recording: Jon Gordon - The Things We Need
- Recorded on: January 28 & February 3, 1999
- Label: Double-Time (DTR CD 156)
- Concert Key: F minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (shuffle - medium)
- Alto Sax - Jon Gordon
- Piano - Mike LeDonne
- Guitar - Peter Bernstein
- Bass - Dennis Irwin
- Drums - Kenny Washington
The solos on the recording use a typical minor blues form, with the out head starting from the bridge. If you're playing this song you can also include the bridge in the solo form.
from Jon: "I wrote this tune, just a simple minor blues with a bridge, for a CD recorded in 1999, called "The Things We Need." That album title is taken from a tune by pianist Barry Harris, These Are The Things We Need, which we recorded with a children's choir for that album. Barry was kind enough to come to the studio for a day and hang with us when we recorded his tune. I had Mike Le Donne, Dennis Irwin, Peter Bernstein and Kenny Washington in mind when I wrote this tune, knowing they would be on the recording. I was thinking of some similar tunes written and played by Sonny Rollins and Horace Silver when I wrote this."
Pianist Mike LeDonne first recorded with Gordon in 1993. For guitarist Peter Bernstein and drummer Kenny Washington, this was the only time both played on a Gordon leader session.
Especially when combined with the slick and unified phrasing of the melody with Gordon, Bernstein's performance here is essential listening for any musician interested in a modern extension of the great swinging guitar lineage. Our Guitar 2nd part lets you follow along with Peter's part in the melody.
born on December 23, 1966
Modern alto saxophonist and composer Jon Gordon is a driving force in cutting-edge jazz. A native New Yorker, he began his musical exploration at the age of ten, encouraged by his musical family. He attended Performing Arts High School and studied saxophone privately in his teen years and showed significant promise, winning numerous awards at a young age. His love for jazz began as a teenager after listening to a Phil Woods record; not long after, he began to study with Phil Woods himself after sitting in with Eddie Chamblee at Sweet Basil. Jon studied at Manhattan School of Music, during which time he worked with Roy Eldridge, Leon Parker, Doc Cheatham, Larry Goldings, Al Grey, Eddie Locke, Red Rodney, and Mel Lewis. Read more...