One Thin Dime – Steve Nelson
This laid-back swinger with a stop-time head may seem simple at first, but subtle details of the changes really make it stand out.
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- Recording: Steve Nelson - Sound Effect
- Recorded on: June 12, 2007
- Label: HighNote (HCD 7175)
- Concert Key: C
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Vibes - Steve Nelson
- Piano - Mulgrew Miller
- Bass - Peter Washington
- Drums - Lewis Nash
The solo changes contain a bunch of chromatically descending and ascending II-V7s, for example on the fourth through sixth measures descending from Em7 to Dm7; these are hinted at in the head, with a similar motion in the turnaround of the first A section. A subtly distinctive progression that occurs several times in this song is IVm-V7; this very classical cadence appears twice in the bridge as well as on the second measure of the A section in the solos. It has the same function as a "minor II-V7" with the IIm7♭5 moved up one inversion for a strong stepwise root motion.
The coda adds a tag with yet another break leading to an unexpected Cm(maj7), which is however close to the beginning of the form's F7. Our lead sheets show a melodic fill Steve plays on the third and fourth measures of the bridge. In the A sections, Steve really lays back the melodic phrase on the third measure; the E♭ on the last 16th note of the second measure may sound like it's the downbeat of the third measure, but it is part of the pickup figure.
born on August 11, 1954
Vibraphonist Steve Nelson's career began in the early 1970s. His first touring experience was with the legendary guitarist Grant Green. Steve cites Milt Jackson as his first major influence, although in later years he developed a harmonically open sound influenced by Bobby Hutcherson. While attending the State University of New Jersey at Rutgers then-new jazz program, he met pianist Kenny Barron, drummer Freddie Waits, guitarist Ted Dunbar and reedman James Spaulding, who were all faculty members. Through them, he began to perform in New York City. In 1976, at age 22, Steve recorded with James Spaulding ("Plays The Music Of Duke Ellington"), and in 1980 recorded albums with Kenny Barron and Ted Dunbar. Read more...