Scorpio Rising – Walter Davis, Jr
A wild medium-up swing with a strong rhythmic pulse to get your heart racing!
All selected items will be available for download after purchase.
- Recording: Walter Davis, Jr. - Scorpio Rising
- Recorded on: June 27, 1989
- Label: SteepleChase (SCS 1225)
- Concert Key: C minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Piano - Walter Davis, Jr.
- Bass - Santi Debriano
- Drums - Ralph Peterson
Our excerpt starts with the intro, which is also played after the AABA melody format before the first solo chorus, and as the Coda ending. All solos are in the 32-measure AABA format.
In the late 1970s and 1980s, Walter was a frequent visitor and performer at the Second Floor Music/jazzleadsheets.com rehearsal studio on 28th Street in Manhattan. His commanding and dynamic personality shook the floorboards as he related stories from his "life on the road" with drummer Philly Joe Jones. Walter, and of course, Philly Joe, were in Joe's "Dameronia" band, which performed the music of Tadd Dameron. Don Sickler was one of the transcribers, a performer, and rehearsed the band.
September 2, 1932 – June 2, 1990
Walter's piano playing was influenced strongly by Bud Powell, and he had that Bud Powell energy in his piano playing. Like many of the other talented players coming up in the 1950s, Walter's ears were wide open to everything good. For example, he listened to Stravinsky with Bird and Dizzy, and in later years, you could find Walter hanging with Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones. Read more...