Hank Mobley’s birthday – have a ball with Ballin’

For the recording anniversary of Hank Mobley's 1965 album "Dippin'" we added The Vamp and The Dip. For Hank's birthday (July 7th), we're releasing Ballin' from the same album including a transcription of his solo. All of Hank Mobley's compositions from "Dippin'" are now available and they're all fun to play. You can continue to celebrate Hank by checking out more of his songs on jazzleadsheets.com, including all the originals from these other albums: "Peckin' Time," "Soul Station," "Workout," "Another Workout," "No Room For Squares," "Third Season," "Far Away Lands," "Hi Voltage" and "Reach Out" - even more coming soon!

Late June: Elmo Hope and more

On June 27 we celebrated what would have been Elmo Hope's 101st birthday by releasing Eyes So Beautiful As Yours, an exquisite ballad from his 1961 album "Homecoming." Full score and sextet parts are available. Also check out pianist Sullivan Fortner's video of this song (second album cover).

We've also added six songs with recording anniversaries in late June:
-- June 17 and 18, 1963: Let's Try (Tom McIntosh) from James Moody's album "Great Day" plus the original Maynard Ferguson recording.
-- June 18, 1965: The Dip and The Vamp (Hank Mobley) from his album "Dippin'."
-- June 21, 1962: Space Station (Grachan Moncur, III) from the Art Farmer-Benny Golson Jazztet album "Another Git Together" - also check out our very different exclusive solo piano recording by Micah Thomas
-- June 25 and 26, 1993: Peacemaker (Cecil McBee) from Arthur Blythe's album "Retroflection" and others
-- June 25 and 26, 1986: Alvin's Smile (Harold Land) from the Timeless All-Stars album "Essence"

More great Donald Brown!

To celebrate the June 4-5 recording anniversary of Donald Brown's first album as a leader ("Early Bird" - 1987), you'll see we've added editions so all of Donald's originals from this album are now available for you to study and play …

We couldn't find the exact day in June that Donald recorded his trio album The Sweetest Sounds which also contains Donald's first recordings of two more of his classic compositions Affaire D'Amour and Nature's Folksong, so we're are also making those lead sheets available now.

On June 6, 1987, the next day after Donald completed his "Early Bird" album, saxophonist Bill Pierce went into the studio making the first recording of Donald's Afronomical. A masterpiece!

The bass lines came first!

Today, June 3, is the recording anniversary of two important jazz standards.
When Kenny Dorham suggested to Joe Henderson that each write a bass line first, then create a melody on top of it, for Joe Henderson's "Page One" album, they had no idea that these bass lines would ignite the creation of two important jazz standards: Kenny Dorham's Blue Bossa and Joe Henderson's Recorda-Me. Get the whole story on the Historical Notes pages for The Forgotten Line and Blue Bossa.

You ‘N’ Me, an Al Cohn classic!

You 'N' Me! We're starting our June recording anniversary celebration off this year with Al Cohn's original recording (with Zoot Sims) of this great composition. We hope you'll also check out our June 1-7 video which starts with Al's The Note, which is from the same album.

More late May recording anniversaries

We're continuing to add songs to celebrate their recording anniversaries. Cecil McBee's Paradox is now available; it was recorded on May 29, 1980 on McCoy Tyner's album "Quartets 4X4." This was Cecil's and McCoy's first recording together; the song is well suited to McCoy's signature style.

Blue, by Marc Seales, has two anniversaries in late May. Marc played it on his album "American Songs, Vol. 2", recorded on May 26 and 27, 2012. On May 31, 2019, he performed this song in his New Stories trio, with guest Ernie Watts, at the Ballard Jazz Festival to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 1999 album "Speakin' Out." We have three quartet condensed scores that reflect the 1999, 2012, and 2019 recordings.

Clifford Brown’s LaRue

Try your own interpretation of Clifford Brown's moving song written for his soon-to-be wife, LaRue. First recorded by Kenny Dorham, it's a inspiring and emotional work. LaRue's story of its beginnings is recounted by Don Sickler.

May 19, Bass Day!

Don Sickler: May 19 is an important "Bass Day" as you will see. This year, first of all, it's Cecil McBee's 89th birthday: please check out five of his marvelous compositions from his "Unspoken" album.

On May 19, 1957, Paul Chambers recorded his Paul Chambers Quintet album: bass players will now have the opportunity to check out his complete bass lines PLUS bass solos from this recording of his compositions Beauteous and The Hand Of Love.

I did a quick look to see what's already up on jazzleadsheets from May 19, and immediately found bassist Percy Heath on "When Farmer Met Gryce", and bassist Al McKibbon with composer/pianist Freddie Redd.

Then I started looking for recordings done on May 19 in my publishing files along with recordings that were made by Rudy Van Gelder in his Hackensack and Englewood Cliffs studios as well as his remote recordings. I'm now determined to create a separate Bassist May 19 page. So far my research has found the following bassists recording music we are involved with on May 19: More Percy Heath, Charles Mingus, Tommy Potter, more Paul Chambers, Gene Taylor, Ron Carter, George Duvivier, Bob Cranshaw, Steve Swallow, George Mraz, Jimmy Woode and the list goes on.

Also, check out Daryl Johns' amazing "Tribute to Paul Chambers," multiple bass arrangements by myself, recorded by Rudy in Englewood Cliffs, with a fun video of Daryl as he recorded Tempo di Max, at a "Max Roach" tempo.