Newborn Spirit – Geoffrey Keezer
This fun modern soul-jazz swinger is one of Geoffrey Keezer's two tributes to pianist Phineas Newborn, Jr. A solo piano arrangement by Geoffrey is available.
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- Recording: Contemporary Piano Ensemble - Four Pianos For Phineas
- Recorded on: June 30, 1989
- Label: Somethin' Else (TOCJ 5528)
- Concert Key: A-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Piano - Geoffrey Keezer
- Bass - Bob Cranshaw
- Drums - Billy Higgins
The chord progression is related to, but not quite, "rhythm changes." The fourth measure has an unusual cadence descending in minor thirds: F7 to D7 to get back to A♭7. The bridge starts with four measures of D7 followed by two of G7; a further circle of fourths like the standard "rhythm changes" bridge is squeezed into the last two measures. Unlike most "rhythm changes" heads but like the original I Got Rhythm, there's a two-measure tag at the end of the C section—in this case ending on an unexpected G7(♯9).
There's an eight-measure pedal intro on the recording; our lead sheets show the piano melody here with smaller notes. Our E♭ lead sheet is written in a low register, but alto and baritone saxophonists have the option of playing it an octave higher.
Check out Piano Corner for details about the solo piano arrangement.
born on November 20, 1970
A lauded name on the jazz scene since the tender age of 17, Geoffrey Keezer is a native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Geoff took up the piano at age three and quickly showed himself to be a prodigy. As an eighteen-year-old freshman at Berklee College of Music in 1989, he was invited to join Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, launching his talents into the spotlight. The year before, his mentor James Williams encouraged him to record his debut album, the well-received "Waiting In The Wings." His career continued to take off in the early 1990s with a performance at the Hollywood Bowl of Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue (conducted by John Mauceri). Read more...