Simple Pleasures – David Berkman
This medium-slow swinger combines a relatively simple pentatonic melody with intricate harmonies that are a well-disguised variant of " rhythm changes."
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- Recording: David Berkman - Live At Smoke: David Berkman Quartet
- Recorded on: August 11-12, 2006
- Label: Challenge (CHR 73282)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium slow)
- Tenor Sax - Jimmy Greene
- Piano - David Berkman
- Bass - Ed Howard
- Drums - Ted Poor
Berkman has a knack for writing interesting dynamics in his melodies, and this song is a good example. The A section starts relatively laid-back, with swells leading into the fifth measure and returning to a softer dynamic in the sixth.
There is a coda that vamps an eight-measure phrase, four measures of alternating F major and D minor chords and four of alternating D♭ major and B♭ minor. This is used for additional soloing after the out melody. This and the main solo section based on the head give the soloist a choice between navigating a harmonically rich improvisatory section and blowing over more open modal material. On this recording, David solos on the head form and saxophonist Jimmy Greene takes the coda vamp solo.
Berkman has arranged and performed Simple Pleasures with many of his bands, ranging from duos to big bands.
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born on December 28, 1958
Since moving to New York in 1985, David Berkman has been an important part of the jazz community. He is an award-winning composer/bandleader (2000 Doris Duke/Chamber Music America New Works Creation and Presentation Grant), a recording artist whose nine recordings as a leader have appeared on numerous best records of the year critic’s lists (the New York Times, the Village Voice, Downbeat, JazzIz, Jazz Times and others) and an award-winning jazz clinician who has performed and taught at numerous jazz camps, universities and conservatories around the United States, South America, Asia and Europe. Read more...