Rounder's Mood – Booker Little
This exciting medium-up swinger comes from Booker Little's first album as a leader. A condensed score and second parts are available for the two-horn arrangement; we also have a transcription of Booker's solo.
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- Recording: Booker Little - Booker Little 4
- Recorded on: October, 1958
- Label: United Artist (UAL 4034)
- Concert Key: D-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Booker Little
- Tenor Sax - George Coleman
- Piano - Tommy Flanagan
- Bass - Art Davis
- Drums - Max Roach
There are several rhythm section figures in the head, starting with ascending hits in the first measure to "walk up" from D♭maj7 to F♯m7. The bass pedals on beats 2 and 4 in the fifth through seventh measures. There are breaks in the first and fifth measures of the bridge.
Second parts are available for the quintet arrangement, as well as a Concert Condensed Score. The horns start in harmony but go to octaves in the second measure; a few melody phrases are in unison. In a couple of places the horns are briefly harmonized in seconds, which the second part resolves in a stepwise cadence.
A transcription of Booker Little's trumpet solo is available; click on the Solos tab for more details.
Rounder's Mood has been recorded several times since the '90s. Alto saxophonist Vincent Herring played it on his 2001 album "Simple Pleasure," featuring the same arrangement adapted for a trumpet/alto front line. Also notable is a two-tenor sax quintet version from the 1993 album "Tenor Legacy" by Joe Lovano and Joshua Redman.
April 2, 1938 – October 5, 1961
A tragic loss to the world of jazz at age 23! Hearing is certainly believing: in Booker's short life, he still was able to leave us with recordings and compositions that are guaranteed to astonish and captivate. His effortless-sounding virtuosity ranks him as one of the greatest trumpet players. He was also a gifted composer, who obviously took composing very seriously, as his recording output shows. Booker began on trumpet when he was 12 and played with Johnny Griffin and the MJT + 3 while attending the Chicago Conservatory. He worked with Max Roach (1958-1959) and then freelanced in New York. He recorded with Roach and Abbey Lincoln, was on John Coltrane's Africa/Brass album, and was well-documented during a July 1961 gig at the Five Spot with Eric Dolphy. Booker Little led four sessions before his tragic early death. Read more...