New Stories 30th Anniversary!

Recording sessions on April 25, 26 and 27, 1994, created the first album for the important new piano trio New Stories. We are celebrating this 30th anniversary recording by releasing all 7 of the groups' original compositions from this first New Stories album.


Don Sickler: The group's pianist, Marc Seales, I first heard about from ravings from tenor saxophonist Don Lanphere, which was sometime around the time Marc did his first album with Don (summer of 1982,) My first recollection of being involved with bassist Doug Miller and drummer John Bishop was when the whole trio was together on Don Lanphere's co-leader recording "Lopin'" (1992). We will bring more music from these talented artist-composers in the near future. For now, you can enjoy our Piano Trio editions from this album.

The Highest Mountain

April 18, 2024, was the 49th recording anniversary for Clifford Jordan's live album "The Highest Mountain." We figured now is a good time to bring the title track The Highest Mountain to jazzleadsheets.com. This is Clifford Jordan's most recorded composition, with good reason - it's a song you can really have fun with. Clifford played it in many different settings and arrangements; we are first making lead sheets available based on the quartet version from "The Highest Mountain" album. We also have a transcription of Clifford's tenor sax solo, making this a great opportunity to explore his unique and influential style. Arrangements from other recordings of this song are coming soon.

Mapenzi Anniversary plus Charles McPherson

April 14 is the birthday of two of our great artist composers, tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons and trombonist Steve Davis. It's also the recording anniversary of tenor saxophonist Harold Land's 1977 "Mapenzi" album so we're putting up three more of his classic compositions from that album, Mapenzi, Tres Senderos and Inner Voice. The previous year (1976), while touring Japan, Charles McPherson recorded his great "Live In Tokyo" album with a stellar rhythm section which included pianist Barry Harris. Two from that album, Orient Express and Charles' solo transcription from Tokyo Blue, are also newly available.

Lucky Thompson And His Orchestra

We're excited to present several more songs by legendary tenor saxophonist Lucky Thompson. April 5 is the anniversary of the first session for "Lucky Thompson And His Orchestra," one of 7 albums he recorded as a leader during his 1956 trip to Paris. Despite its name, this album includes only quartet and quintet tracks. We've had the ballad To A Mornin' Sunrise available from this session before, but now we have the other three songs: Why Weep and Nothin' But The Soul, both blues, and Passin' Time which is based on the standard Blue Lou. These three were recorded in a quintet setting featuring fellow tenor saxophonist Guy Lafitte. A condensed score and second parts are available for the quintet arrangement of Passin' Time. Songs from the second session for this album are coming later this month.

In addition to these three, four more Lucky Thompson songs were recently added to jazzleadsheets.com. A Minor Delight, One Cool Night, Takin' Care Of Business, and Thin Ice all come from the album "Thompson Plays For Thomson," also recorded in Paris in 1956. Lucky regularly performed many of these songs; all deserve wider recognition.

Early April: Kenny Drew & Booker Little

April 2, 2024, was the 51st anniversary of pianist Kenny Drew's "Duo" album with bassist Niels-Henning ├śrsted Pedersen. Three of Kenny's songs from this session are now available on jazzleadsheets.com. For the ballad Serenity, besides lead sheets we have a piano melody transcription from this recording. Other versions of Serenity are coming soon; enjoy our video of Kenny Drew, Jr. playing this song on Rudy Van Gelder's Steinway "B." Duo Trip, a medium-up workout for piano and bass, was also recorded by Kenny Drew, Jr. with a trio; Condensed Scores are available for both duo and trio versions. Another ballad, Come Summer, was recorded on "Duo" but in a solo piano setting. For both Serenity and Come Summer, we have piano lead sheets with voicings from Kenny's original manuscripts.

April 2 was also Booker Little's birthday. We're celebrating with Gandolfo's Bounce, a blues head in Booker's unique style which he recorded with Max Roach's quintet in 1959. Second parts and Condensed Score are available; this song works in a two-horn setting as well as the original three-horn chordless quintet. We have much more from Booker Little coming soon to jazzleadsheets.com.

Happy Birthday, Donald Brown!

March 28, 2024: A big one for Donald Brown! Happy 70th Birthday, Donald.

Last week (March 22) was the recording anniversary of Donald's 1990 album "People Music." We're releasing five today: The Biscuit Man, Prism, I Love It When You Dance That Way, Graylon, and Booker T. The last of these, from a solo piano recording, is available as a melody transcription. I Love It When You Dance That Way has both instrumental and vocal melody choruses on the original recording; both instrumental and vocal lead sheets are available. More songs from this album are coming soon, and we will be celebrating more of Donald's album releases throughout this year.

More Renee Rosnes anniversaries!

March 12 and 13, 2024, mark the 27th anniversary of the sessions for "As We Are Now," Renee Rosnes' fifth album as a leader. Renee recorded six of her compositions on this album; we are releasing three today, and the other three will be available very soon. This all-star quartet album features Renee with saxophonist Chris Potter, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Jack DeJohnette.

Newly added today are the title track As We Are Now, a beautiful ballad, and Bulldog's Chicken Run and Black Holes - both challenging yet fun medium-up songs with intricate quartet arrangements. Besides lead sheets for all three, we have a piano melody part for As We Are Now, a condensed score and bass part for Bulldog's Chicken Run, and piano and bass parts for Black Holes.

One For All’s THE LINEUP

February 20, 2024, is the 18th anniversary of "The Lineup", an album by the sextet One For All. Newly added to jazzleadsheets.com are two songs and two solo transcriptions from this session. For Anatolia, a modal uptempo song by tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, we have lead sheets, second and third horn parts, and a condensed score for the sextet arrangement. Trumpeter Jim Rotondi's funky bossa Downtown Sounds is also available as a sextet arrangement, with a full score and parts.

You can get arrangements of Rotondi's Express Train and other songs from "The Lineup" at online music stores (like HalLeonard.com and ejazzlines.com). On jazzleadsheets.com, we have solo transcriptions of Rotondi and Alexander on this song--our first transcribed solos on jazzleadsheets.com for both of these players.

Another song recorded by One For All had a recording anniversary earlier this month. Trombonist Steve Davis first recorded Daylight--a Latin long-meter blues with a simple, open-ended melody--on February 7, 2013, on his quintet album "For Real." He also recorded a three-trombone sextet version later in 2013 with Steve Turre, and another sextet arrangement on One For All's 2015 album "The Third Decade". All three arrangements are now up on jazzleadsheets.com.

Two more great Renee Rosnes anniversaries

Earlier this month, on February 4, we celebrated the session that completed Renee's first album as a leader (Renee Rosnes, 1989).

On February 16-17, 1990, she recorded her album "For The Moment," where she featured her former band leader, saxophonist Joe Henderson, on her album. (In 1986 Renee was hired as a member of his quartet). Nine years later, also in February, Renee recorded her trio album "Art & Soul." These two albums contain six more great Renee Rosnes compositions which we are now making available.

from "For The Moment"
For The Moment (with a lyric version In The Moment sung by Shannon Gunn)
Homeward
Malaga Moon
Nemesis

from "Art & Soul"
Little Spirit
Romp


Next month you can look forward to releases from her "As We Are Now" album (recorded March 12-13, 1997).

More from pianist Renee Rosnes

February 4, 2024, is the 35th anniversary of the second Van Gelder studio session for Renee Rosnes' debut album as a leader. Renee recorded two original compositions at this quartet session. I.A. Blues is a post-bop minor blues head with a catchy rhythmic piano figure behind the melody. We have a quartet condensed score and piano part for the recorded arrangement. The Storyteller has a more complex form which goes back and forth from 3/4 to 4/4, but the melody holds everything together. Renee's solo piano arrangement is available for this song.

Also check out Fleur-de-lis from this album, recorded a couple of months earlier in a two-piano duo setting with Herbie Hancock.