Please, Let Me Share This With You – Dexter Gordon & Rachel Gould
Rachel Gould turns Dexter Gordon's wistful ballad into a storybook love affair. Rachel's complete vocal interpretation plus Minus You practice track.
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- Recording: Dexter Gordon - Dexter Gordon Songbook
- Recorded on: May 3, 2005
- Label: jazzleadsheets.com (JLS 1007)
- Concert Key: F
- Vocal Range: Alto, D3 to A4 written 8va
- Style: Ballad
- Vocal - Rachel Gould
- Piano - Norman Simmons
- Bass - Tim Givens
- Drums - Vince Cherico
The melody form is A-1, A-2, B, C, which (as in many ballad recordings) is followed by one more chorus. After Rachel's opening melody chorus on the complete recording, pianist Simmons takes a solo for the first two A sections, then Rachel returns to sing from the bridge. The last C section is expanded into a coda.
Rachel's lyric fits perfectly with Dexter's melody. Like most great ballad singers, Rachel frees up the rhythmic content of the melody during her performance in order to tell the story in a very personal way. It's especially fascinating to listen to Rachel as she interprets her own lyric.
Lyric Description: Rachel Gould turns this lovely Dexter Gordon ballad, Jodi, into a captivating vocal chart with her evocative lyric. The phrases describe many of the simple pleasures we've come to associate with the changing seasons. Rachel captures the warmth of this piece with her inviting poetry.
No-vocal version: As in Rachel's recorded version, the piece begins with a four-bar piano introduction. The pickup is left open for the singer before the entire rhythm section enters on the downbeat of the first A section. This is a vocal-only feature (no instrumental solos): after singing through the melody once, take the D.S. only ending which goes back to B for another bridge and continues to the Coda. The rhythm section stops after playing the downbeat of the third measure of the Coda and re- enters for a last chord only. An additional chord (taken from Dexter Gordon's recording of Jodi) before the last chord is indicated in the arrangement and can be used for further vocal accompaniment before the final chord.
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Rachel Gould, well known as a vocalist in Europe, first met with Don Sickler at a convention in New York City some years ago. The two had a natural musical attraction, and Rachel has written lyrics to several compositions in the Second Floor Music catalog. After their first meeting, her yearly visits to NYC included recording forays to the Van Gelder Recording Studio in Englewood Cliffs, NJ.
February 27, 1923 – April 25, 1990
Tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon was born in Los Angeles, CA. In his last year of high school, he received a call from alto saxophonist Marshall Royal asking him to join the Lionel Hampton big band. This led to Dexter's first recording, with the Hampton band, on December 21, 1941. In 1944, after a few weeks with the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra and working and recording with Louis Armstrong's orchestra, Dexter joined Billy Eckstine and recorded with Eckstine's legendary band of soon-to-be jazz superstars that included Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Leo Parker, Art Blakey, Sarah Vaughan, arranger Tadd Dameron and others, on September 5, 1944. Read more...
born on June 25, 1953
Rachel Gould, born in Camden, New Jersey, has a deeply personal style and a rich, low voice that are instantly recognizable. A graduate of Boston University for cello and classical voice, Gould began singing professionally in the 1970s in the United States. However, it was not long before she left for Europe, living in Germany and Switzerland before settling in Holland in 1991. Read more...