Precious Love – Norman Simmons
An infectious, lyrical medium swinger with a non-repeating form. There is an eight-measure intro and an eight-measure coda.
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- Recording: Norman Simmons - The Heat And The Sweet
- Recorded on: May 27, 1997
- Label: Milljac (MJP 1007)
- Concert Key: A-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Tenor Sax - Eric Alexander
- Guitar - Coleman Mellet
- Piano - Norman Simmons
- Bass - Richie Goods
- Drums - Winard Harper
The audio clip starts with the eight-measure intro, featuring a bebop-ish melody phrase that shifts chromatically up and down; the fifth and sixth measures have a bass solo fill. At the end of the head there is another bass fill leading to an eight-measure coda; this starts with a bluesy "walk down" before repeating the last four measures of the head and ending on an unresolved G7(♯9).
On the recording, the piano and guitar play the melody in octaves on the intro. The tenor sax joins them for the melody at the beginning of the head, doubling the guitar in the lower octave. At C the tenor has the melody alone; piano and guitar join on the melody for the last four measures as well as in the coda.
October 6, 1929 – May 13, 2021
Accomplished soloist, accompanist, composer and educator, Norman Simmons is well known as a pianist with an great ability to connect with jazz singers. Born in Chicago, Simmons taught himself piano and at age sixteen enrolled in the Chicago School of Music. He formed his own group in 1949 and began recording in 1952 when he worked as a house pianist for Chicago clubs The BeeHive and the C&C Lounge. During this period, his first recordings were under the leadership of tenor saxophonists Claude McLin, Paul Bascomb and Coleman Hawkins. Read more...