Over The Edge – Jim McNeely
This samba sounds beautiful as a medium-up piece or with a high-energy drive. Solo piano arrangement with exclusive audio track available.
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- Recording: Billy Pierce - William The Conqueror
- Recorded on: May 29 & 30, 1985
- Label: Sunnyside (SSC 1013)
- Concert Key: No key center
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Latin (Samba)
- Tenor Sax - Billy Pierce
- Piano - James Williams
- Bass - John Lockwood
- Drums - Keith Copeland
The B section can be thought of as a second A section, as it begins the same as the A section, but modulates to C major instead of C minor.
Pierce, along with composer/pianist James Williams, were in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers together and made many recordings during 1980 and 1981. Bill played on many of James's own leader albums, starting in 1977.
Kenny Drew, Jr., loved Jim's written intro, and we would be remiss not to give you a taste of it. Here is how the intro begins ARR. Jim's arrangement then continues with the figure in two key centers unrelated to the melody, starting slowly then gradually accelerating until arriving at the melody tempo for several quick modulations before the pick up to the melody at A.
The Solo Piano Arrangement plus Drew's solo piano recording are both available.
born on May 18, 1949
Composer, arranger, pianist and educator Jim McNeely hails from outside of Chicago and moved to New York City to begin his career in 1975. In 1978, Jim joined the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra as the pianist and a featured soloist and spent six years with the band and its successor, Mel Lewis and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Read more...