Riff Raff – Grachan Moncur III
A simple yet profound modal blues. Grachan Moncur's transcribed trombone solo is available in C bass clef, C treble clef and B-flat editions.
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- Recording: Jackie McLean - Destination . . . Out!
- Recorded on: September 20, 1963
- Label: Blue Note (BLP 4165)
- Concert Key: D minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Trombone - Grachan Moncur, III
- Alto Sax - Jackie McLean
- Vibes - Bobby Hutcherson
- Bass - Larry Ridley
- Drums - Roy Haynes
Grachan wrote three of the four tracks on Jackie McLean's critically acclaimed release "Destination . . . Out!" Riff Raff is the final track on this album. Unlike the "out" compositions Grachan contributed to the rest of the album, this chart is more of a conventional post-bop blues. The solos elicited from each member of the quintet (except Haynes, but check out his comping throughout!) show their superior abilities, making the album a critical hit for both Jackie and Grachan.
June 3, 1937 – June 3, 2022
Grachan Moncur has been one of the leading jazz trombonists throughout the past fifty years. He has played with many jazz legends including Ray Charles, Wayne Shorter, Blue Mitchell and Jackie McLean. Moncur first learned the cello at the age of nine. Inspired by his father, bassist Grachan Moncur II, who played with the likes of the Savoy Sultans, Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington, he turned to the trombone at the age of eleven. He began attending the Laurinburg Institute, honing his skills and attending shows where he sat in with drummer Art Blakey and alto saxophonist Jackie McLean. While studying at the Manhattan School of Music and Julliard, he began performing as a leader with greats including Wayne Shorter, Gary Bartz and Blue Mitchell. He took part in two classic Jackie McLean albums, "One Step Beyond" and "Destination Out," contributing multiple compositions. He recorded two albums as a leader for Blue Note: "Evolution" with McLean and Lee Morgan and "Some Other Stuff" with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Read more...