Skip's Bounce – Billy Lester
This angular yet swinging song is loosely based on the changes of There Will Never Be Another You. This underlying progression is disguised even in the solo changes. Our piano part shows how Billy plays the head on the recording.
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- Recording: Billy Lester - Four Into Four
- Recorded on: April 7, 2002
- Label: Coppens (3003)
- Concert Key: E-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Simon Wettenhall
- Piano - Billy Lester
- Bass - Sean Smith
- Drums - Russ Meissner
The harmonic foundation for Skip's Bounce is There Will Never Be Another You, but this source material is heavily disguised in both the head and solo changes. The tonic E♭maj7 at the beginning is replaced by D♭7; the descending resolutions in the last four measures of There Will Never Be Another You are smoothed over in the head of Skip's Bounce with alternating F7 and B♭7. The melody does not repeat in the second half, filling the 32-measure form with darting, stabbing lines complemented by rhythm section figures. Many of these figures fill in around the melody, but near the end of the head the piano and bass double the melody. Our bass part has melody cues indicated below the staff.
The solo changes, like the head, start with D♭7 instead of E♭ major. The last four measures are similar to those of the head, but the descending sequence in There Will Never Be Another You can also be used.
born on June 11, 1946
William "Billy" Lester is one of the few musicians alive today who are truly continuing the tradition of the Lennie Tristano school. His compositions are firmly within that tradition, using the harmonic frameworks of Great American Songbook standards to create inventive, unpredictable melodies; his are often not quite as lopsided as those of Tristano and some of his followers, but with quite a bit of reharmonization of the source material. Billy is a wildly creative improviser with a sly melodic sense. His playing and composing offer a very personal, modern take on the Tristano tradition. Read more...