Old World, New Imports – Hank Mobley
An upbeat, playful, thrill of a composition! Philly Joe Jones drum transcription available: this is Philly Joe at his very best.
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- Recording: Hank Mobley - No Room For Squares
- Recorded on: March 7, 1963
- Label: Blue Note (BLP 4149)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (uptempo)
- Tenor Sax - Hank Mobley
- Trumpet - Donald Byrd
- Piano - Herbie Hancock
- Bass - Butch Warren
- Drums - Philly Joe Jones
The transcription outlines the entire recorded track. It starts with Philly Joe's eight-measure solo which sets up the melody. It's a six-page in-depth drum transcription including what Philly Joe plays to accompany the in and out melodies, as well as his playing on the "shout chorus," which features him.
-- Eight-measure drum solo intro
-- horn melodies are shown above the drum staff
-- AABA in melody
-- Philly Joe's playing behind eight bars of Hank Mobley's first solo chorus
-- After three Hank Mobley solo choruses and two Donald Byrd solo choruses, it's pianist Herbie Hancock's turn. This is a 32-measure AABA composition with the same format for solo choruses. The concert chord progression is "rhythm changes" in B-flat for the A sections and "rhythm changes" in E-flat for the B section.
-- shout chorus (time of track notated: 4:38) A sections: four measure of rhythmic horn melody alternates with four measures of Philly Joe. B section: Drums solo.
See and hear drummer Evan Hughes as he plays part of his own transcription along with the CD in the video above.
In real life, during the excitement of a soloing moment, things can take an unexpected turn. All of a sudden the form might change. Then it's "recovery time" for the musicians. When soloing on "rhythm changes" a soloist can explore different directions and be adventurous. Herbie Hancock's solo contains one of those unplanned, adventurous moments. He found himself leaning toward E-flat a little early in the second A of his second chorus, and suddenly the eight measures of A2 took on a different shape: A2 was actually only four measures long, with the B section (E-flat) the next four measures. Then Herbie recovered for the last A section to finish the chorus. The result is that his second chorus was only 24 measures in length instead of 32. He then played two more full choruses, setting up the shout chorus.
Crazy things can happen when you're soloing. If things get strange for a moment, you've got to just "go for it" and make it work, as Herbie did. Everyone knew when it was time for the "shout chorus."
July 7, 1930 – May 30, 1986
Hank Mobley is one of the most acclaimed tenor saxophonists in modern jazz history. He is recognized by musicians and critics alike as one of the most important and eloquent jazz instrumentalists of all time. He recorded well over 100 of his own original compositions and left an indelible mark on the post-bop jazz scene. Read more...