Sevens – Roland Alexander
A classic hard-bop head named for what happens in the exchanges: it's a 14-bar form where the horns trade seven bars with the drummer, Charli Persip. Charli's drum transcription is available.
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- Recording: Charli Persip - Charles Persip And The Jazz Statesmen
- Recorded on: April 2, 1960
- Label: Bethlehem (BCP 6046)
- Concert Key: F
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Freddie Hubbard
- Tenor Sax - Roland Alexander
- Piano - Ronnie Mathews
- Bass - Ron Carter
- Drums - Charli Persip
When trying something tricky like trading sevens, you've got to be ready for whatever happens and make it work. Roland Alexander starts the trades, then after Charli's first "seven," Freddie Hubbard's entrance is a bar late, so Charli has to adjust and start Freddie's seven measures one measure later. You'll see this same thing happens before Freddie starts the 6th chorus of exchanges. Note also that Charli takes no chances getting everyone to come in together for the out melody; he plays a definite eight-measure phrase after Freddie to set up the horn entrance for the out melody.
-- horn melodies are shown above the drum staff
-- the Intro features two four-bar drum fills
-- Charli's "time" playing behind the in melody
-- the first eight bars of time playing behind Ronnie Mathews' piano solo
-- six choruses of trading 7s with drums (stickings included) exchanges
-- time playing behind the out melody
Longtime in-demand sideman Charli Persip thrives on this recording of his group "The Jazz Statesman." He plays with an intense fire and passion, sparked by the exciting solos of Ronnie Mathews, Roland Alexander and Freddie Hubbard.
September 25, 1935 – June 14, 2006
Although he never received the credit he was due, the versatile tenor saxophonist Roland Alexander started his career with an unexpected break at age twenty when he made his recording debut—on piano. Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Roland was trained both formally at Boston Conservatory and through day-to-day gig experience, so he was skilled enough to step in when the scheduled pianist (believed to be Red Garland) didn’t make a Paul Chambers session that Roland was observing on April 20, 1956. He was asked to sit in on piano for the blues Trane’s Strain, which was quite a break for the young musician, as the other players on the session were well-known names like John Coltrane, Curtis Fuller, Pepper Adams, and the rest of Miles Davis' current rhythm section, Paul Chambers on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums. Read more...