One For Liam – Jon Gordon
An inventive medium up swing with a winding melody.
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- Recording: Jon Gordon - Evolution
- Recorded on: May , June and August, 2009
- Label: ArtistShare (AS 0101)
- Concert Key: No key center
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Alto Sax - Jon Gordon
- Piano - Bill Charlap
The melody is rhythmically and melodically complicated, with frequent, almost atonal sounding leaps. In this duet recording, the piano plays bass notes in the left hand and unison or harmonies with the alto melody in the right. He adds fuller chords at the end of phrases to beautifully accent the tonality of the landing note. The lack of bass and drums provides an open and relaxed feel with plenty of space for rhythmic and harmonic experimentation. The introduction of the piece is thoughtfully crafted and is expanded in the coda of the arrangement. The melodic and rhythmic simplicity provides a stark contrast to the main melody while outlining the chord changes of the first eight bars of the head.
In composing this piece, Jon set out to write something that would work for a duo but would not put too much pressure on the pianist.
born on December 23, 1966
Modern alto saxophonist and composer Jon Gordon is a driving force in cutting-edge jazz. A native New Yorker, he began his musical exploration at the age of ten, encouraged by his musical family. He attended Performing Arts High School and studied saxophone privately in his teen years and showed significant promise, winning numerous awards at a young age. His love for jazz began as a teenager after listening to a Phil Woods record; not long after, he began to study with Phil Woods himself after sitting in with Eddie Chamblee at Sweet Basil. Jon studied at Manhattan School of Music, during which time he worked with Roy Eldridge, Leon Parker, Doc Cheatham, Larry Goldings, Al Grey, Eddie Locke, Red Rodney, and Mel Lewis. Read more...