O.T.B. – Michael Philip Mossman
A hard-hitting medium swinger in the style of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Our lead sheets give you the opportunity to play it in any quartet configuration. Horn parts and a condensed score (also for rhythm section players) are available so you can play the original sextet arrangement with whatever front line you have in your group.
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- Recording: Out Of The Blue - O.T.B.
- Recorded on: June 7-8, 1985
- Label: Blue Note (BT 85118)
- Concert Key: C minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Trumpet - Michael Philip Mossman
- Alto Sax - Kenny Garrett
- Tenor Sax - Ralph Bowen
- Piano - Harry Pickens
- Bass - Robert Hurst
- Drums - Ralph Peterson
Hard-swinging with a shuffle groove, O.T.B. is a great example of a style associated with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Everything about this song is rhythmic, with a lot of accents on the "ands" of beats 2 and 4 that really push the beat forward. There's a bass ostinato that runs through the A section, and piano hits that line up with the melody and fill in around it. The bridge of this 32-measure AABC song goes to 4-feel with a more lyrical melody, starting soft but with a crescendo all the way until C—a classic Messengers-esque dynamic structure.
The A and C section changes are a series of embellished turnarounds in C minor; they're simplified in the solo choruses. The bridge changes go to G minor, with several chromatic "side-slips"; the last two measures of this section have II-V7s rising in half steps back to C minor. The bass ostinato from the A section is used as a vamp under a soloist for both the intro and ending; the punctuating melody figures on the last 16 measures of the intro are also played in the ending which fades out.
About the arrangement: A Concert Condensed Score and second and third horn parts are available for the sextet arrangement. The lead sheet is the first part; rhythm section players should read the Concert Condensed Score.
The rhythmic hits in the melody are harmonized in angular voicings that generally contain the 3rd and 7th of the chords; the horns are in octaves throughout the bridge. A background for the solos is shown on all lead sheets and parts; on this recording the alto and tenor play it behind the trumpet solo.
Out Of The Blue (O.T.B. for short) was a sextet founded by Blue Note Records to showcase younger musicians. The group was formed in 1984, releasing four albums and touring extensively over the next five years. Their most commercially successful album was 1986's "Live at Mt. Fuji," which reached #9 on Billboard magazine's Top Jazz Albums chart. A live version of O.T.B. was also on that album.
Second Floor Music has print publications of other O.T.B. charts:
Michael Philip Mossman: (Cherry Pickens and Samba LaRue)
Renee Rosnes: North Of The Border
The lineup of this group changed occasionally over this time, and the group disbanded in 1989 after its members moved on to solo careers.
Michael Philip Mossman played with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers briefly in the '80s but never recorded with them. This song was Mossman's first recorded composition.
born on October 12, 1959
Michael Philip Mossman has had an eclectic and ambitious career for over 40 years as a trumpeter, composer, arranger, and educator. He is best known for his playing and arranging in big bands, and has worked with a who's who of important big band leaders. Mossman is particularly associated with Latin jazz through his work with Machito, Mario Bauza, Tito Puente, Bobby Sanabria, Chico and Arturo O'Farrill, and many others. Read more...